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Sunday,22 July, 2018
Issue 1141, 28 March - 3 April 2013

Ahram Weekly

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Rising Egyptian tennis player Sandra Samir won the girls singles and doubles U16 events at the African Junior Tennis Championships in Kenya, reports
Ghada Abdel-Kader

Al-Ahram Weekly

For the first time Kenya hosted the African Junior Tennis Championships (14 and 16 & under). The 36th tournament of its kind took place at the Nairobi Club and the Public Service Club in Nairobi from 18-23 March.
The tournament was divided into two age groups: 14 and under and 16 and under categories. The championship attracted 58 boys and 53 girls from 26 nations.
Countries participating were Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Niger, Nigeria, Namibia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia, Morocco, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
Egyptian Sandra Samir won a gold medal and the girl’s singles U16 title after running over Namibian Lesedi Jacobs 6-2, 6-0.
In the first round of the girls’ singles, Samir had a bye, an automatic advancement of a player to the next round of a tournament without facing an opponent. It is always given to the top-seeded players in a tournament.
In the second round, Samir defeated Namibian Lize Moolman 6-0, 6-1. In the quarter-final, she beat Ghanaian E.Kapari 1-6, 3-6. In the semi-final, Samir defeat Moroccan Lina Qostal 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4.
In the girls’ doubles U16, Egyptians Sandra Samir and Hanan Mortagi won gold medals after beating Moroccan Ghita Benhadi and Lina Qostal 7-5, 6-3 in the final. In the semi-final, Samir and Mortagi defeated South Africans Huibre-Mare Botes and Nadine De Villiers 6-0, 6-2. In the quarter-final, Mortagi and Samir trampled over beat Kenyan Sofiya Gulam and Stephanie Mbaya 6-1, 6-1. In the first round Samir and Mortagi had a bye.
In the girls singles U14, South African Lee Barnard beat Madagascar’s R. Randrianasoloson 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3 in the final. In the semi-final, Randrianasoloson defeated Egyptian Sara Ismail 7-6(3), 6-3.
In the girls doubles U14, South African Lee Barnard and Zani Barnard defeated Egyptian Laila Al-Nimr and Sara Ismail 6-3, 7-5. In the semi-final, Al-Nimr and Ismail crushed Burundi’s M. Mujawaimana and Sada Nahimana 6-2, 6-1.
In the boys doubles U16, South African Liyod Harris and Brandon Laubser beat Tunisian M. Dougaz and Majed Kilani 5-7, 6-4, 10-6. In the semi-final, Harris and Brandon defeated Zimbabwian Alwyn Mushonga and Julius Mutetwa 6-1, 6-2. In the quarter-final, Harris and Brandon won Tanzanians Tumaini Martin Meshuko and Goodluck Mollel 6-2, 6-4. Zimbabwian Mushonga and Mutetwa beat Egyptian Hassan Abou-Gabal and Nabil Fouad 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.
In the boys singles U16, Tunisian M. Dougaz beat Tunisian Majed Kilani 6-3, 6-4 in the final. In quarter-final, South African Liyod Harris defeated Egyptian Nabil Fouad 6-3, 6-1. In the semi-final, Liyod defeated Dougaz 7-5 6-3.
In the boys singles U14, South African R. Thongoana beat A. Ratsimmandresy 6-1, 7-6(6) in the final. In the semi-final, Thongoana beat Egyptian Omar Al-Kadi 6-4, 6-4. In the quarter-final, Al-Kadi defeated Benin’s Dominique Gandonou 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
In the boys doubles U14, Tunisian M. Bellalouna and Youssef Dabbebi beat Madagascarian M. Rakotondramboa and A. Ratsimmandresy 6-2, 6-3 in the final. In the semi-final, Rakotondramboa and Ratsimmandresy defeated Egyptian Omar Al-Kadi and Abdullah Hossam 7-5, 7-5. In the quarter-final, Al-Kadi and Hossam beat Moroccan Nassim Fenjiro and Ahmed Amine Herres 6-3, 6-2.

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