Sedi Jacobs shines in tennis tourney

23 Dec 2015 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 23 DEC, (NAMPA) – Namibia’s tennis sensation, Sedi Jacobs reigned supreme at the Namibia Tennis Association (NTA) tournament dominating the court.
The tournament was held in Swakopmund during the weekend of the 18 – 20 December.
A media statement provided by the NTA on Tuesday said an overwhelming 40 professional and amateur tennis players participated in the event.
Jacobs entered the competition as a clear favourite, having won her first international feature in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
She however got off to a rough start along the Namibian coast as she lost the first set by 1-6 against another upcoming tennis star, Linugue Theron.
Given her prudent experience and mental strength, Jacobs hanged on to claim the next two sets by a 7-5 and 10-5 scorecard in the super tiebreak.
The 17-year-old Jacobs is the top ranked junior female tennis player in Africa and the current Namibian Closed Championships winner.
Jacobs started competing on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) African circuit and by 2012 she won her first ITF tournaments in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
The ITF is the governing body of world tennis, made up of 210 national tennis associations.
A 12-year-old tennis rookie, Tammy-Ann Lombardt also got her fair share of the proceedings on the day when she beat her elder sister, Megan Lombardt to win the Ladies Singles Section B.
In other events, Deon Van Wyk and Michau Basson won the Men’s doubles final against Katu Jacobs and Tuki Jacobs by a 6-7, 3-6 result.
Tuki Jacobs however recovered to easily claim his stake in a fashionable 6-0, 6-2 win in the Men’s Single Final against Deon Van Wyk.
In the Ladies doubles, Kerstin Gresmann and Linique Theron emerged winners against Sedi Jacobs and Mariska Kuschke, by a 6-6, 2-2 tally.
And in what seemed as another tight affair, Deon Van Wyk had a superb display of play as he and Kerstin Gresmann defeated Michau Basson and Julianne Schuckman by another 6-6, 1-1 score in the Men’s Double Final.
NTA President, Sam Kaulinge had a bittersweet day when he got some tennis lessons on the court from Peter Brickman, who beat him to claim the Men’s Section B Singles Final.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday NTA Development Coordinator, Kallie Seese said the tournament was a big success and urged more sponsors to come on board.
“We had the best of Namibia’s tennis players and it was a good platform for them to showcase their skills and the quality of tennis displayed was top notch.
“We want more young players and more people to participate in the future competitions, and we need big companies to help us with the logistics and to keep the sport going, especially to keep the youngsters off the streets and teach them something in return” he noted.
The next tennis tournament to be hosted by the NTA will take place on 19 February 2016.