Photo: Susan MullaneSandra Samir (EGY)
The girls kicked off proceedings at the Africa Qualifying event in Tunis, Tunisia on Tuesday as five of the six matches across the World Junior Tennis and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas competitions finished with a distinctly one-sided flavour.
Egypt was the star performer of the day, defeating hosts Tunisia 3-0 in both the World Junior Tennis event and the Junior Fed Cup event as Under 14s Nermeen Shawky and Laila Elnimr dropped just seven games across their two singles and one doubles rubber, before Hana Mortagy and Sandra Samir went one better by conceding a mere six in the Junior Fed Cup event.
Namibia and Morocco also won, defeating Kenya and South Africa respectively, to start their Junior Fed Cup campaigns in convincing fashion.
Madagascar and South Africa were the other winners in the World Junior Tennis event, with the latter nation given the toughest test of the day by Morocco. Zainab Bendahhou edged Lee Barnard 76(2) 76(10) in the second singles rubber to give Morocco hope after Zani Barnard had given South Africa a straight sets win in the opening rubber, before the Barnard twins combined in the deciding doubles to secure a 61 62 win for South Africa.
Wednesday sees the girls’ action continue while the boys Under 14s and Under 16s also take to court. In the qualifying event for the Junior Davis Cup Finals, three nations will compete in a round robin event with only the top team progressing to the Finals in Mexico. Hosts Tunisia will look to amend for last year’s disappointment, having failed to qualify for the Finals in 2012, as will South Africa. The trio is completed by last year’s qualifiers, Morocco.
Up for grabs to all teams competing this week is a place at either the World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov on 5-10 August or the Junior Davis/Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in San Luis Potosi, Mexico on 24-29 September.
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