South Africans dominate tennis junior circuit

According to the hosts organising member, Marie Du Plooy, there was good representation on the circuit with almost all countries in the region taking part as well as other non-African players from as far afield as Israel and India.

South African players dominated proceedings in both the boys and girls singles categories.

South Africa’s Pieter Becker won the boys’ singles while Namibia’s Riekie Honniball won the girls division.

It was an all South African final as Becker downed fourth seeded compatriot Marlu Janse van Vuuren 7-6; 7-5 in an evenly balanced match.

However, the girls category drew much interest as Honiball overcame unseeded Natasha Fourouclas in the girls finals.

Fourouclas had caused a major upset already in the tournament beating fourth seed Anne Rufyikiri of Burundi and seventh seeded South African Tracy Plant on her to the final.

Honiball had to survive an early scare in the final with a fast paced 7-5 first set win over Fourouclas in the finals. In the end, the Namibian overpowered Fourouclas 6-2 to win the second set and wrap up the final.

Honiball’s victory puts her in the world top 200. In January she competed in Togo and Benin where she won two double titles and lost in two singles finals.

The Windhoek victory also came with an Ohio tennis scholarship at the Miami University, where she will fly to this week.

In the doubles, the South African pair of Pieter Becker and Hernus Pieters beat Wesley Montgomery (South African) and enterprising Samuel Omoile of Nigeria.

Tournament top seed in the girls division Slovakia’s Katarina Baranova partnered with Anne Rufyikiri to dispatch Namibians, Honiball and Imke Jagau 6-1;6-3 in the finals.

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