The Namibian (Windhoek)

25 February 2013

Namibia: Walker, Waters Win Squash Titles

ALISTER Walker of Botswana and Siyoli Waters of South Africa won the men and women's individual cup titles at the All-Africa Squash Championships in Windhoek on Saturday.

In the men's final, the top-seeded Walker beat the second-seeded Kelvin Ndhlovu of Zambia 3-0.

Ndhlovu started off in great style and pushed Botswana's world number 14 ranked player all the way in the first set before Walker won the set 12-10.

As the match wore on, Walker's dominance grew and he went on to easily win the next two sets 11-4, 11-2 to win the match and clinch the title.

In the semifinals, Walker beat Christo Potgieter of South Africa 3-0 (11-2, 11-4, 11-4), while Ndhlovu beat the third-seeded Rodney Durbach of South Africa 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-2). Namibia's players did not fare too well, with three players being eliminated in the Round of 16. Henry Smit lost 3-0 to Walker, although he did put up a good performance in the first set before losing the match 12-10, 11-5, 11-6.

Namibia's top player Marco Becker lost 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 12-10) to Jonathan Peters of Nigeria and Andrew Forrest lost 3-0 to Ndhlovu (11-0, 11-3, 11-2).

In the Women's Cup final, the top seed Siyoli Waters of South Africa, beat compatriot Senade Haupt 3-1.

The second-seeded Haupt got off to a good start, winning the first set 11-8, but Waters struck back to take the next two sets 11-6, 11-7. The fourth set went down to the wire before Waters edged it 14-12 to win the title. In the semifinals, Waters beat Namibia's top player Isabelle Schnoor 3-0 (11-2, 11-2, 11-0), while Haupt beat Vanessa Florens of Mauritius 3-0 (11-4, 11-1, 11-7). In the Men's Plate final, Mandla Chilambwe of Zambia beat compatriot Frank Wabo 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-7) and in the Women's Plate final, Monica Chimese of Zambia beat Adri Lambert of Namibia 3-1 (11-5, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9). In the Men's Plate semifinals Chilambwe beat Michau Basson of Namibia 3-1 (11-9, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5) and Wabo beat Christian Bezandry of Mauritius 3-0 (11-3, 11-7, 11-7).

In the Women's Plate semifinals, Lambert beat Natasha Chisenga of Zambia 3-1 (11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7) while Chimese beat Amina Huisamen of Namibia 3-0 (11-5, 11-4, 11-1).

The men and women's Individual Cup and Plate competitions brought the curtain down to a successful All-Africa Senior Squash Championships, which saw South Africa retaining the gold medal in the Team event last Thursday, after beating Zambia 8-4 in the final. South Africa also won the bronze medal after their B team beat Botswana 6-3 in the third-place playoff.

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