South African juniors dominate at ITF tourney

05 May 2018 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 05 MAY (NAMPA) – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) Under-18 (U-18) tournament hosted by the Namibia Tennis Association (NTA) in Windhoek came to an end on Saturday with South Africa dominating the youth tournament.
The Grade 4 tennis competition started on Monday and saw players from over 14 countries participating.
South African juniors Pierre Malan and Megan Basson won the single plays for boys and girls respectively after defeating fellow South Africans in the finals.
Malan beat Joubert Klopper 6-3 7-6 (3) in the boys’ final while in the girls’ final Basson fought it out with Marne Dercksen over three sets which saw her winning 6-3 4-6 6-0 to be crowned champion in that division.
In the double play Klopper and Gerhardt Becker beat their fellow South Africans Malan and Charl Morgan in the final to be crowned champions. They won their sets 6-7 (5) 7-6 (5) (11-9).
In the girls’ double final, Alexandra Anttila from Finland and Delien Kleinhans from South Africa were crowned champions after beating Basson and Dercksen 6-4 6-4.
Speaking during the award ceremony on Saturday, NTA president Sam Kaulinge said the tournament produced a lot of excitement and he hopes these young players will keep on giving their best in future competitions.
“I am wishing you all well when you travel back to your respective countries and thank you for making this tournament a success,” he said.
Kaulinge also stated that credit should be given to ITF for trusting Namibia to host this junior competition where players fought for international ranking points.
Female single division champion Basson said she enjoyed every moment of the competition and will now turn her attention to other competitions where she hopes to gain more ranking points.
Her male counterpart Malan said he will still be in Namibia for the Grade 5 junior tournament which starts on Monday at the same courts and his goal is to continue winning more silverware.
“Last year I lost out in the final of this competition here, but I am glad that this time around I won it. This tennis court gives out the best in me, but I am now thinking if I should continue playing to turn professional or go to college and study,” said Malan.