Photo: Suzie Dyrbus, ITFSouth Africa's women's team
South Africa clinched their place in the Women’s World Group for May’s 2012 BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Seoul, Korea after comfortably beating Zimbabwe on Thursday at the qualification event for Africa being held in Nairobi, Kenya.
Meanwhile, Nigeria booked their place against Morocco in Friday’s men’s final play-off at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies after beating the host nation.
Rose van der Meer set South Africa en route for a 3-0 victory over Zimbabwe in the second set of round-robin ties after beating Dorcas Hwatira 60 61 in the opening singles rubber.
Celia du Toit ensured the victory after beating Moline Muza 60 60 and then partnered Mabel Mankgele to also win the doubles rubber against Hwatira and Muza without dropping a game.
With South Africa unbeaten in their two round-robin ties, they progress to the Women’s World Group, while Kenya and Zimbabwe will meet on Friday’s final day of competition to decide the minor places in the qualification event.
In the final round-robin tie in Group 1 of the men’s event Yusuf Wasiu dominated his match against Caleb Odiyo, who had won his first every competitive match on Tuesday in Kenya’s victory over Egypt.
Wasiu beat Odiyo 60 60 and Alex Adewale went on to defeat Edwin Muruah 60 62 to give Nigeria an unassailable lead against Kenya. Adewale and Wasiu completed a 3-0 victory after beating Muruah and Odiyo 60 61 in the doubles.
While Nigeria take on Morocco, the winners of Group 2 in the final, Kenya also take on Gambia on Friday to decide third and fourth places in the men’s event.
The penultimate day's action in Nairobi saw 12 participants from Egypt, Gambia, Kenya and Zimbabwe take part in a wheelchair tennis clinic under the guidance of coaches Pablo Noguera, Hennie de Klerk and Frank Tarmena.
The players were taken through a series of mobility and technical drills, introducing new shots and ball spins alongside improving existing skills.