18 Mar 2013

African Junior Championships kick into action

Match Report

African Junior Championships Team Trophy

Both South Africa and Egypt won two titles in the Kenya International Junior Tennis Championships-AJC Warm-Up 2013. Amongst the boys in the U16 category, after battling through a tight match against sixth seed Amine Ahouda 76(6) 36 76(7) Lloyd Harris (RSA) reached the finals, beating country compatriot Brandson Laubser (RSA) 62 62.

There were no surprises in the U14 boys category as first seed R. Thongoana (RSA) took home the trophy. In the Girls U16 Sandra Samir (EGY) cruised through the draw, winning all her matches in straight sets. Facing fourth seed Lina Qostal (MAR) in the final, she fought through a three-set match 36 61 63 to claim the trophy.

With the warm-up event behind them, the players took to the clay courts at the Nairobi Club and Public Service Club, Nairobi, Kenya for the 36th African Junior Championships (AJC) from 18 March 2013 to 24 March 2013. The results at the warm-up event ensured that the country title will be fought between Egypt and South Africa. Day 1 at the AJC and amongst the U16 boys all seeds were safely through except seven seed Kukutla Motlojoa (LES), who was beaten by Kenyan player Isaac Nortey.

Only two seeded U16 girls were in action on Day 1, effortlessly making their way through to the second round. Seventh seed Elizabeth Kapari (GHA) beat home player Chizi Mutsumi (KEN) 60 60 and eighth seed Stephanie Mbaya (KEN) beat Olive Tuyisenge (RWA) 61 60. All other seeds had a bye on Day 1.

In the U14 boys Emmanuel Mallya (TAN) seeded 6 lost 63 63 to Miary Ro Rakotondramboa (MAD) and seventh seed Ahmed Amine Herres (MAR) fought hard against Radjabu Ntamba to reach the second round in three sets 64 67(6) 62.

In the girls U14 category the only seed in action today was eighth seed Sada Nahimana (BDI), who lost to Danielle Nggo Bahoya 64 75.