3 December 2012

Namibia: Botha, Honiball Win Namibia Masters

LOUIS Botha and Riekie Honiball were crowned the singles champions of the Namibia Masters tennis tournament at the SKW courts in Olympia yesterday.

In the men’s final, Botha beat Deon van Dyk 6-2, 7-6, while Honiball beat Amanda van Dyk 6-2, 7-6 in the women’s final.

It was Botha’s third victory of the season on the Namibian tennis circuit and underlined his dominance on the local scene since he arrived from South Africa last year.

In the first set, Van Dyk tried to push the pace with some powerful shots but it didn’t work as he hit far too many unforced errors. Botha’s experience meanwhile came through as he kept Van Dyk on the move with some good shot placements around the court.

The second set was a tighter affair as it went according to serve until the tiebreak, but here Botha once again stepped up the pace to comfortably win the tiebreak 7-1, to win the title.

Earlier, Botha breezed through his Pool matches, beating Kallie Heese 6-0, 6-3, and Mwisa Gondwe 6-1, 6-2. In the semifinals he also comfortably beat Nicky Buys 6-1, 6-3.

In his Pool matches, Van Dyk beat Grant Rau 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 and Henco Serdyn 6-1, 6-2, to reach the semifinals. Here he caused the biggest upset of the tournament by beating the second seed, Michau Basson 6-3, 6-4.

In the women’s final, veteran Amanda van Dyk got off to a quick start, taking a 2-0 lead, but Honiball soon found her rhythm and struck back to reel the next six matches off in a row to win the first set 6-2.

Although Van Dyk put up a stronger fight in the second set, Honiball kept her on the move with some strong groundstrokes and eventually won the tiebreaker 7-6 to wrap up the match in straight sets.

Van Dyk breezed through her Pool matches, beating Juliana Schuckmann 6-0, 6-0, Jolanda Amoraal 6-0, 6-3 and Sonja Maartens 6-1, 6-2, while she crushed Juliana Schuckmann 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals.

Honiball also easily reached the final after beating Christiana Schuckmann 6-1, 6-1 and Melissa Khuphe 6-1, 6-0 in the Pool matches before beating Melissa Gilles 6-4, 6-0 in her semifinal.

As the singles champions, Botha and Honiball received N$4 000 each from the tournament sponsors CCS Logistics. The losing finalists each received N$2 000 while the losing semifinalists each received N$500.

The next two tournaments on the Namibian tennis calendar will both take place in Swakopmund over the next two weeks.

The Swakopmund Junior Tournament takes place from December 7 to 9, while the Alexander Forbes Swakopmund Open takes place from 14 to 16 December.

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