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Young Stephany Schulz claimed the bronze medal in the Beginner category of the Kia Tennis Tournament. (photograph contributed)

Young Stephany Schulz claimed the bronze medal in the Beginner category of the Kia Tennis Tournament. (photograph contributed)

With his second tournament win in a row, young Codie van Schalkwyk takes over the lead in the Kia Tennis Ranking. Van Schalkwyk won the advanced category of Saturday’s Kia Tennis Tournament ahead of Sylvia Schulz and Waylon Wentzel. Wentzel with this podium finish moved up to 11th in the ranking only a few points away from breaking into the top 10. It was a close contest at the tournament hosted by Pro Tennis Academy for the podium positions with Schulz, Wentzel and fourth placed Archie Norval all equal on matches won and only differentiated by the number of games won.
In the intermediate category, Oliver Baas took the victory with a tie break win against Veri Hinda. Delvin Losper finished in third position. The beginner category was won by Zander Coetzee against promising 8-year-old Jaco Becker 5:3 in the final. The two players went into the final with the same number of games won, 20 each. Stephany Schulz took the bronze medal with 19 games ahead of Kayden Schnelle with 18 games. In a promising field of young tennis players, Leandri Verwey greatly surprised the midi category players by claiming the gold medal ahead of Faith Kahuure and Adam Diggle. The young newcomers in the Mini Tennis category also had an exciting competition on Friday with Shaylynn Johr winning ahead of Georgia Orren and Hendriena Appollus. A total of N$20,000 is up for grabs in overall prize money for the top performers in the Kia Tennis Series. The next tournament in the series, again sponsored by Kia Motors and Wimpy, will be played on 9 and 10 August at the Windhoek High School tennis courts in Windhoek

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