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.

Copyright © 2013 The Namibian. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.