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Van Schalkwyk still top of Kia rankings

The Kia Tennis Mini and Medi participants

The Kia Tennis Mini and Medi participants

Codie van Schalkwyk remained at the top of the Kia tennis ranking despite not taking part in last weekend’s Kia tennis tournament in Windhoek. Van Schalkwyk is currently on national duty representing the country at the ITF junior events in Botswana and Mozambique.
While the log leader was out of action and could not increase his tally on Saturday, his lead of 3750 points proved too much for any of the opposition with only two tournaments to play. However, the race for second place in the overall ranking is becoming narrower by each tournament.
Although Oliver Diggle managed to defend his second overall place after clinching the third spot in the advanced category, his two biggest rivals, Connor van Schalkwyk and Waylon Wentzel, came in first and second respectively in the advanced category, putting them within striking distance for  second place.
Another strong contestant for a silver medal is Delvin Losper. Losper won the intermediate division ahead of Roberto Gomes and Deonette Dirkse and now sits in fifth overall place, 150 points adrift of second placed Diggle.
The beginner’s event was won by Kayden Schnelle while Randal Kavandje had to settle for second. Third place went to Jaco Becker. By winning on Saturday, Schnelle improved on her overall standing, moving from 15th to eigth position.
Friday afternoon saw players in action in the midi and mini categories, an event co-sponsored by Wimpy Maerua. Samar van der Merwe won the midi division ahead of Faith Kahuure. The first place in the mini event went to Hendrina Apollus, followed by Aviel van der Merwe and Tjiji Mbetjiha.
The Kia Tennis Ranking top 10 after last weekend’s tournament are as follows: Codie van Schalkwyk with 3750 points, Oliver Diggle with 3075 points, Waylon wentzel with 3050 points, Conner van Schalkwyk with 3000 points, Delvin Losper with 2925 points, Veri Hinda with 2450 points, Moyo Nqobilizwe with 2000 points, Kayden Schnelle with 1960 points, Silvia Schulz with 1600 points and Andre Smit with 1600 points.

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