Tennis ace clinches silverware in Samoa

Serving up a storm: Lesedi Jacobs won the silver medal in the women’s singles division.

Tennis ace Lesedi Jacobs won Namibia’s first and only medal at the 5th edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games currently under way in Samoa.

Jacobs faced Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal of India in the women’s single final last week. Although the Namibian put up a brave fight, her opponent was just too strong, beating Jacobs in straight sets (6-3, 6-0).
Nevertheless, the total tournament performance was outstanding and a clear indication that Jacobs has a bright future in the years to come. In her first match she faced Rida Khalid. The Pakistani was no match for Namibia’s junior as Jacobs recorded a solid 2:0 (6-0, 6-2) victory.
She used her momentum in the quarterfinal to see off Sisilia Laumanu Teu of Tonga with 6-1 and 6-2 before edging past Zani Barnard of South Africa (6-2, 7-5) to book a ticket for the final.
“We are very proud of Lesedi and in fact of all our athletes. She is on the second term of her Olympic Solidarity Scholarship and this success is proof that the investment is paying off,” said a delighted Joan Smit, General Secretary of the Namibian National Olympic Committee (NNOC).
Smit thanked the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service for funding the team to travel to the Pacific island and compete with athletes from 71 Commonwealth countries.