The hard work put in by Team SA’s tennis finally paid off as they made a victorious way to the code’s first medals of the African Union Sport Council Region V Games in Gaborone on Monday.
It was an all South African affair at the Notwane Tennis Courts with team SA’s players achieving a total of four medals –three golds and one silver– in their different events.
In the girls finals, Delien Kleinhans once again got the better of her opponent, Beverly Matsiwe from Zimbabwe and prevailed with a 6-3 6-1 gold medal win. Kleinhans later paired with Ntokozo Zungu to secure another gold medal for Team SA in the girls tournament doubles, defeating their Botswana opponents and won 7-5 6-2.
The boys finals saw Robbie Arends obtain the silver medal after losing to his Zimbabwean competitor, Mehluli Sibanda with a scoreline of 2-6 6-4 10-4. In the boys doubles Arends and Longwe Smit come out victorious and were crowned the 2018 tennis men’s doubles champion as they walked away with a gold medal.
On Tuesday the mixed doubles team will compete against Mozambique at the Notwane Tennis Courts.
Credit: Team SA SASCOC