Stellenbosch, South Africa – Twin sisters Lee and Zani Barnard hardly break a sweat in their second round matches of the SAS ITF Junior 2 tennis tournament held in Stellenbosch.
In a repeat of last week’s semifinal Lee came up against Eva Vedder. This time Lee had no troubles and took revenge for her unsuspected loss a few days ago by beating the Dutch girl 6-2, 6-1. Vedder was one of three Dutch players who did not make it pass the second round. Nadine de Villiers (RSA, 3) sent Barbara Huyskes packing 6-2, 6-3 and second seed Rouxanne Janse van Rensburg battled past Annick Verhaar in three sets winning 6-4, 5-7 and 6-2.
Zani continued her impressive form by thrashing Brit Sian-Frances Crowder 6-2, 6-0. The girls’ upset of the day belonged to unseeded Mila Hartig who won her match against fifth seed Elizabeth Pam from Nigeria with 7-6, 6-4.
Second seed in the boys’ draw Okkie Kellerman cruised into the quarterfinals with an easy victory over William Matthews (GBR) 6-1, 6-2. Kellerman now looks like the favourite to win this week’s tournament.
Richard Thongoana stopped the number one slayer Maxime de Clipper in a three set encounter. De Clippel played with lots of confidence after he took out the number one seed JD Malan in the first round and he won the first set, but Thongoana fought back and won 2-6, 6-3 and 6-4. Joshua Howard-Tripp showed no tired legs after his 222 minutes match in round one by beating Christian van der Wath 6-0, 6-4.
Brit Jack Burkill got the better of fourth seed Rossouw Norval in a thriller match of three sets. It was a really tight match even though the score in the third set might show different. One of the games had 11 deuces and Burkill had several match points before he could clinch the match.
Picture credit: Eunice Visagie