Hammanskraal Tennis Club’s 12 players participated at Limpopo Pro Kennex tournament held in Polokwane from 16-18 April 2021.
Chairperson of Hammanskraal Tennis Club, Mr Simon Tlhatlha, said Tshepang Maisela seeded No.2 won the boys under 14 section.
“He defeated his teammate Oratile Ngobeni in the Finals. It’s a great achievement for the two boys from Hammanskraal Tennis Club to have reached the finals,” said Mr Tlhatlha.
He said Oratile Ngobeni went on as an unseeded underdog and reached the finals after taking out seed NO1, Conner Armstrong, 6-4 6-2 to reach the Boys under 14 Finals.
“Tshepang Maisela and Oratile Ngobeni paired up and played doubles where they met their teammates Kutlwano Mphahlele and Lucas Chauke in the semi-finals. Maisela and Ngobeni won and advanced to the finals, they ended up as runner’s up for boys under 14 Doubles” he said.
Mr Tlhatlha said in the boys under 16 section, both Mpho Jantjies and his teammate, Tshepang Tlhatlha, lost in the semi-final against top seeded players and battled for position 3 and 4.
“Eric Matjiane was knocked out by the No.1 seed Colby Paxinos and managed to redeem himself by winning all his matches and finished position 5. Tshepang Tlhatlha paired with Eric Matjiane and they reached the finals of Boys under 16 doubles and finished as runner-ups.” he said.
Mr Tlhatlha said Mogomotsi Sekgobela reached the semi-finals of Girls under 14 and lost to top seed, she went on and redeemed herself when she won the playoff for position 3 and 4 and finished position 3. Sekgobela went on and paired with Robin Els and won the girls under 14 doubles defeating Limpopo’s favorites, Simone Fever and Zoe Venter 1-6 6-2 10-5.
“The greatest victory and confidence booster of all times for the ever-improving Mogomotsi Sekgobela,” he said.
Mr Tlhatlha said he was particularly impressed by the performance of the HTC coach Tshepang Chaane who went in as an underdog not seeded, he took out seed number 4, Mark Aggenburg, to reach semi finals, and finished position 4 in men’s Platinum section.
Other players were Ofentse Mphahlele, Kutlwano Mphahlele, Lesedi Maluleke and Lucas Chauke who also did very in their categories.
“We are very happy about our players’ performance during this event, it shows that hard work does pay, thanks to all the coaches who worked with these players preparing them for this event, our players didn’t disappoint. They kept the Hammanskraal flag flying high,” he said.