Stellenbosch, South Africa – Some mouth-watering tennis waits in the semifinals of the SAS ITF Junior 1 tennis tournament held in Stellenbosch. If the play dished up in the quarterfinals is anything to go by, the quality of tennis in the round of the final four will be even more impressive.
First seed JD Malan will meet fifth seed Philip Franken in tomorrow’s semifinal. Malan finally got some good rhythm going and made easy of the match against Richard Thongoana winning 6-3, 6-2. Franken beat Marnich Hattingh in a tight match 6-3, 7-6. Unseeded Timothy Dollman caused an upset by beating third seed Rossouw Norval in a three set thriller 4-6, 6-2 and 6-2. The only non-South African in the semifinal is Samuel Bothwell of Ireland who thrashed Freddie van der Merwe 6-2, 6-1 in less than an hour.
The twins Lee and Zani Barnard are still on course to meet each other in the final on Friday, but if Dutch youngster Eva Vedder has her way she will knock out the first seed Lee in the semifinal. Lee beat fifth seed Georgia Lawson (GBR) 6-4, 6-1. Vedder (8) eliminated the third seed Nadine de Villiers in three sets – 6-3, 6-7 and 6-2. Vedder was not fased by De Villiers’ grunting and she will be a good test for Lee in her current form. Zani did not concede a game in her match against unseeded Summer Yardley (GBR) and will now come up against sixth seed Nicole Petchey who has also been playing some impressive tennis this past week. Petchey got the better of fourth seed Elizabeth Pam from Nigeria.
Thursday’s matches start at 08:30.