Stellenbosch, South Africa – In cold and cloudy conditions the semi-finals play at the SAS ITF Junior 2 tennis tournament in Stellenbosch warmed up proceedings considerably.
Play was delayed due to wet courts after rain during the night and there was one rain break in play. The day started with Zani Barnard reaching the girl’s final for a second consecutive week without hitting a ball in fury with a walk over against her twin sister Lee Barnard. The first seed is struggling with a leg injury. Zani won last week’s tournament and now is the favourite for a second straight title when she meets fourth seed Nadine de Villiers in the final.
De Villiers had a tough match against Georgia Lawson, fifth seed from Britain. De Villiers won the first set 7-6 and that apparently took the wind out of Lawson’s sails in the second set with the South African running to a 6-2 victory.
Unseeded Richard Thongoana will meet third seed Damon Kesaris in the boys final. Thongoana made easy of his match against Brit Jack Birkill by winning 6-3,6-3. Thongoana played some impressive tennis and he will definitely be up for the battle against Kesaris for the title. Kesaris had to play three sets against the second seed Okkie Kellerman. Kesaris won 6-4,1-6, and 6-1. Kellerman struggled with his serve, which has been a weapon up until this stage of the tournament. Kesaris kept his cool after a bad second set
The doubles final for the girls will be a matchup between the Barnard twins and De Villiers and Rouxanne Janse van Rensburg. In the boy’s final Marnich Hattingh and Altus Karsten will come up against Maxime de Clippel and Jan-Louis Maritz.