Namibian tennis players continue wins at Davis Cup

11 Sep 2014 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 11 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibian tennis players are continuing their winning streak at the 2014 Davis Cup underway in Cairo, Egypt.
Henco Serdyn and Tuki Jacobs on Tuesday won their opening matches against Batswana opponents.
On Wednesday and Thursday, they did the same against players from Benin and Mozambique, respectively.
As it stands, Namibia is now second in its group behind Algeria, whom they will play on Friday.
Serdyn, Jacobs, Ben-Piet O’Callaghan and Hermann Kuscke make up the Namibian national team at the Davis Cup, which commenced on Monday this week.
It is expected to conclude on Friday.
The Davis Cup is also known as ‘The World Cup of Tennis’, and is the premier international team event in men's tennis.
It is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), and contested annually between various countries in a knock-out format.
Namibia is drawn in the African Group Pool B along with Algeria, Benin, Botswana and Mozambique.
Serdyn beat Benin’s number two-ranked player Jean Segodo 4-6 7-6 6-4, while Jacobs beat Felix Hounkpevi, also from Benin, 7-6 (tie-breaker score 11-9) 6-1.
In the doubles’ category, Kuscke and O’Callaghan lost to Magloire Yakpa and Theophile Segodo of Benin 6-2 6-1.
The pair won their opening tie on Tuesday against Lame Botshoma and Thabiso Mabaka from Botswana 6-2 6-1.
Serdyn said in a statement issued after his match that playing Segodo was one of the toughest matches he has ever had.
“With the great guidance and exceptional experience of Johan Theron (team coach), I managed to win the game. Without Johan next to the court, I would not have been able to pull through,” he beamed.
On Thursday, Serdyn won his singles’ match against Mozambique's second seed Feliciano Guilande 6-3 6-2; and Jacobs beat Ataide Suca, also from Mozambique, 6-0 6-2.
Jacobs was quoted in the same statement as saying that the conditions were pretty good for the day, and he played much better than the previous days.
He is improving by the day, and is excited for upcoming games, he added.
The Namibians were due to play the doubles’ competition against Mozambique later on Thursday.