Stellenbosch, South Africa - Going into the semifinals of the SAS ITF Junior 2 tennis tournament in Stellenbosch the twin sisters Lee and Zani Barnard will meet in the final four and Zani looks like the favourite even though Lee is seeded one.
Zani (3) had no troubles eliminating her opponent in the quarterfinal Mila Hartig by beating her 6-1, 6-0 in less than an hour. On the court right next to her Lee battled her way past sixth seed Nicole Petchey in a gutsy match 6-4, 7-6. Zani won the SAS ITF Junior 1 tournament and has been in pretty dominating form the past two weeks.
The other semifinal will be between Nadine de Villiers (4) and Georgia Lawson (GBR, 6). Lawson caused an upset by beating second seed Rouxanne Janse van Rensburg 6-2, 7-5. De Villiers also played a tough match in her victory over Cindy Dorrington 7-5, 6-4. Tomorrow’s match should be very interesting because both players were a bit up and down in the quarterfinals.
Second seed Okkie Kellerman is still cruising and he played some good tennis in his victory over Samuel Bothwell from Ireland 6-1, 6-3. He will now come up against third seed Damon Kesaris who had a two-hour battle with Brit Giles Hussey (5). Both players played good tennis and in the end it was like a war of attrition with the South African winning 7-6, 7-5.
Richard Thongoana beat his countryman Joshua Howard-Tripp 6-2, 6-3 and will now meet Britain’s Jack Burkill, who had no difficulty in his match against Willie van Zyl winning 6-3, 6-1. Thongoana is in good form, but Burkill is playing some impressive tennis and to predict a winner won’t be easy.
The semifinal matches start at 08:00. Once again conditions will be testing. Rain is predicted for tomorrow while the wind has been giving the players a hard time today.