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Japie blitzes into Junior finals

The weather has hotted up in Bloemfontein and so has the tennis following Monday’s SA Junior Nationals semi-finals in Bloemfontein.

Top seed Warren Kuhn from Johannesburg was toppled by unseeded Japie de Klerk (Boland) in the Under-18 boys semi finals. De Klerk won comfortably 6-2 6-4 and will now play third seed Dylan Comerford (Gauteng Central) who overcame fellow Joburger, sixth seed Brandon Ebersey in a gruelling two and a half hour marathon 6-2 6-7(5) 6-3.

Local favourite in the Under-16 boys Theo Ferreira outplayed his younger opponent, Philip Franken (Boland) to secure his place in Tuesday’s final. Unseed Ferreira will take on Redge Rostron (Gauteng East) for title honours. Rostron cruised to a 6-0 6-0 victory over the sixth seed Trent Botha of Western Province.

Northern Cape stars twin sisters, Zani and Lee Barnard will face off again in the final of the Under-12 girls. The Barnards have played each other on numerous occasions. Lee beat third seed Mila Hartig (Gauteng North) 6-3 6-3 while Zani beat fourth seed Kirsty Orton (Western Province) 6-2 7-5.

Third seed Jesse Grace (Gauteng East) and fourth seed Janet Kock (Boland) make up the finals of the Girls Under-16. Grace upset top seed Donna Haycok (South West Districts) 6-3 6-2, whilst Koch had no problem ousting eighth seed Michelle Erasmus (Gauteng Central) 6-2 6-2.

Results
Semi-finals
Boys
Under-18

Japie de Klerk (BOL) bt 1-Warren Kuhn (GC) 6-2 6-4
3-Dylan Comerford (GC) bt 6-Brandon Ebersey (GC) 6-2 6-7(5) 6-3

Under-16
Redge Rostron (GE) bt 6-Trent Botha (WP) 6-0 6-0
8-Theo Ferriera (FS) bt 4-Philip Franken (BOL) 6-2 6-4

Under-14
1-Lloyd Harris (WP) bt 4-Francois Kellerman (WP) 6-2 6-1
7-Musawenkosi Mpondi (KZN) bt 3-Brandon Laubser (GE) 7-5 6-4

Under-12
1-Gavin Morris (KZN) bt 8-Daniel du Toit (BOL) 6-0 6-2
2-Jurgen Badenhorst (BOL) bt Janre Viljoen (EP) walkover

Girls
Under-18

4-Madrie Le Roux (GN) bt 1-Welma Luus (GN) 6-2 5-7 6-3
Lynn Kiro (WP) bt Theresa van Zyl (NC) 6-3 6-3

Under-16
3-Jesse Grace (GE) bt 1-Donna Haycock (SWD) 6-3 6-2
4-Janet Koch (BOL) bt 8-Michelle Erasmus (GC) 6-2 6-2

Under-14
Wilanie van Zyl (EP) bt 3-Louise-Mare Botes (FS) 7-5 6-2
4-Nadine de Villers (GC) bt 8-Marsha ÔÇôAnn Jansen van Rensburg 6-1 5-7 7-6(4)

Under-12
1-Lee Barnard (NC) bt 3-Mila Hartig (GN) 6-3 6-3
2-Zani Barnard (NC) bt 4-Kirsty Orton (WP) 6-2 7-5


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