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Junior wheelchair side end sixth in World Team Cup

The South African junior wheelchair tennis team finished sixth in their event at the 2016 BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Tokyo, Japan after a 2-1 loss to Belgium on Thursday.
The team was made up of world No3 Alwande Skhosana and Ian Snyman (No13)
Competing in his first World Team Cup for South Africa, Snyman earned his first win at the International Tennis Federation (ITF)’s flagship international team event over Justin Peraux from Belgium with a 6-4 5-7 7-5 victory in the opening singles rubber to put South Africa ahead.
After a great win on Tuesday when South Africa dismantled Russia 2-1, 15-year-old Skhosana found Jef Vandorpe a tougher opponent, with the world No4 winning the second singles rubber 6-2 6-3 to force the deciding doubles.
Skhosana and Snyman who were the youngest among their competitors in the event clinched sixth position after they lost to Peraux and Vandorpe (BEL) 6-2 7-5 with a decisive 2-1 over South Africa in the 5/6th place play-off.
‘I’m very delighted, this week was a great experience for me and I look forward to more international challenges. Also my first singles win today against Justin Peraux was a great confidence boost and I gave it my all and was really pleased with my performance,’ said Snyman.
‘It was a real team effort this week and we have played our part and enjoyed some fantastic tennis. It is always amazing to represent your country,’ said Alwande Skhosana.
‘Alwande and Ian have performed very creditably considering that it’s their first time at the World Team Cup, which augur well for the future,’ said Wheelchair Tennis SA Coach Holger Losch. ‘The boys gave it all –  they played with pride, passion and commitment knowing they are not only doing it for themselves, but for a team, and a country.’
South Africa’s quads team will go up against Italy on Friday for position seven and eight play-offs.

RESULTS:
Juniors – Play-off 5-6
*4 Belgium bt *3 South Africa 2-1

Singles
Ian Snyman (SA) bt Justin Peraux (BEL) 6-4 5-7 7-5
Jef Vandorpe (BEL) bt Alwande Skhosana (SA) 6-2 6-3

Doubles
Justin Peraux/ Jef Vandorpe (BEL) bt Ian Snyman/ Alwande Skhosana (SA) 6-2 7-5


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