13 Jun 2013

Hosts Tunisia off the mark at Africa Qualifying


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Theresa Van Zyl (RSA) and Sandra Samir (EGY)

Tunisia recorded its first win at the Africa Qualifying Junior Team Competition in Tunis on Wednesday courtesy of its Under 14s boys team.

The host nation had seen its Under 14s and Under 16s girls teams slip to 3-0 defeats on the opening day of qualifying for the World Junior Tennis and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas events on Tuesday, before the Under 14s fell to a further 3-0 defeat against Madagascar and the under 16s were beaten by Morocco in the deciding doubles contest despite taking the lead in the tie.

But with the girls’ hopes of qualification all but over, Tunisia’s Under 14 boys team made a confident first step in its hope of qualifying for the World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov on 5-10 August by defeating Madagascar 2-1.

Mohamed Ali Bellalouna set the hosts off on the right foot after battling past Miary Zo Rakotondramboa 57 64 62 in two hours and 19 minutes before Youssef Dabbabi put the tie beyond doubt with a 75 76(5) triumph over Andriatoavina Ratsimandresy. The defeated duo earned Madagascar a consolation point in the dead doubles rubber by edging a 36 64 76(5) win against Ali Bellalouna and Mohamed Aziz El Ouakaa.

Just one team will qualify for Prostejov  in the boys Under 14s event and Tunisia faces a crucial bout against South Africa, 3-0 winners in their opening match against Egypt, on Thursday knowing a defeat will more than likely hand South Africa a place at the World Junior Tennis Finals.

South Africa also made a confident start to its qualification bid for a place in the Junior Davis Cup Finals in San Luis Potosi Mexico on 24-29 September with a 2-1 triumph over Morocco in the Under 16s event. Brandon Laubser and Lloyd Harris both won their opening matches in straight sets, before Amine Ahouda and Mohamed Karim Harguig put Morocco on the scoreboard with a doubles win over Lloyd Harris and Francois Kellerman.

Also proving dominant in the girls Under 14s event, South Africa defeated Zimbabwe 3-0 to keep pace with group leaders Egypt and Madagascar, both yet to drop a set in the competition, as the race for one of two qualification spots for Prostejov heats up.

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