Guest Contributor | Jan 17, 2023 | 0
Codie one step closer to title
Junior tennis ace, Codie van Schalkwyk continued with his winning spree in last weekend’s Kia tennis series bringing him closer to the title of series champion. The 11-year old made a magnificent step towards being crowned this year’s champion when he won the advanced category of the tournament in Windhoek.
Van Schalkwyk will now have to be at his best come the last event of the season, taking place next month, to finally bring the cup home. The tournament was once again hosted by the Pro-Tennis Academy.
Winning the advanced category in front of Nguvi Hinda and his brother Conner van Schalkwyk gave the youngster much needed confidence before the grand finale next month. Yet, his brother Connor, who is also still in contention for the overall win, will more than likely bring his A game to the last tournament in the series in an effort to grab the win away from Codie and cause an upset.
Meanwhile Veri Hinda won the intermediate class, while Delvin Losper and Kiana Cormack had to settle for second and third respectively. In the beginners category there was no way past Kayden Schnelle, with Ranel Kavandja in second and Jaco Losper in third place.
The win in the midi category went to Sumar van der Merwe. Adam Diggle came in second and Zula Ayoub was third.
Karmi Muller emerged victorious in the mini category. The race for second place was a family affair between Hendrina and Leonardine Apollus. Hendrina eventually gained the upper hand and secured the second place in front of Leonardine.
The top ten in the Kia Tennis Ranking are Codie van Schlakwyk with 4750 points, Connor van Schalkwyk 3600, Waylon Wentzel 3550, Veri Hinda 3200, Delvin Losper 3025, Kayden Schnelle 2360, Oliver Diggle 2325, Zander Coetzee 1915, Jaco Becker 1750 and Randel Kavandje with 1684.