The WP Open took place on a blistering hot 36 degrees Sunday. Player’s
tactics were to win before the tennis, but everyone had the same idea,
none the less there was plenty of tennis to be played and enjoyed by
Juniors were won by newcomer Jamie McManus and badminton specialist
from SACS School. He brushed through last year’s winner Mitchell Nixon
4-21/21-1/21-17/21-10 winning by 17 points.
Ladies was won by the ever so friendly and upbeat Iris Gabel only just
fending off another badminton specialist and newcomer Stacey Doubell
21-17/9-21/21-6/15-21 winning by 1 point.
Men’s B went to Loftie Ellis in a tough final against returning after
2 year illness Elton Lemboe. Scores were 21-14/5-21/21-7/21-7 winning
by 19 points.
The Mens A section saw quite a few new players, which is good to see.
The last 4 had only 1 newcomer, Grant Williams Tennis pro went down in
Semi final to Patric Kalous 21-10/21-9/21-10, Patric was up by 32
points and there was no need to go to tennis which was luck as tennis
is Patric weaker sport. I’m sure we will be seeing more of Grant.
The other semi was a hard contest as defending champion narrowly lost
to Richard Gore 21-3/17-21/7-21/19-21 giving Richard a close 2 point
win and set him up for his first final against Patric. Patric returns
after his first and last appearance where he reached the Cape Open
final in 2007.
Richard started off well in Table Tennis, Scores were even at 5 all as
Richards’s defensive and cautious game caused some unforced errors
from Patric. But Patric experience in the game proved too strong and
the score went 21-8. The badminton was both players weakest and they
just had to ensure as many points as possible. Richard made it too
easy for Patric to put away a few easy winners, but not before Richard
took a few crafty placed shuttles, score went in favor Patric 21-11.
On to Squash where Richard shines, both players were feeling very
tired after the first few hard hitting rallies. Richard confessed
after the tournament that he was extremely fit, but even he felt
really tired. Racketlon is truly a challenge. Richard took the squash
21-10 although the score line doesn’t reflect the tough battle that
ensued. By 17:30 the sun had set behind Devils Peak and the tennis
courts were shaded by the massive mountain, Patric needed 9 points to
secure victory, Richard plays a cautious game making sure he made no
mistakes. But Patric already well ahead had a psychological advantage
which gave him the confidence to go for the winners. They paid off,
score was 9-8.
Full results on line http://www.racketlon.co.za/Events2009.html
updated South African rankings available on http://www.racketlon.co.za/Rankings.html
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Players to watch for in the future are Kerr Rogers, Gavin Smith and
Richard Colburn, Grant Williams and Jamie Mcmanus. The SA open coming
up end of this month will prove to be interesting.