South African tennis great, Amanda Coetzer, has urged young girls to work hard and work smart if they want to succeed in tennis at the highest level.
Speaking to gsport as the 10th Amanda Coetzer Challenge continues in Bloemfontein, Amanda said she is proud to be associated with “an unbelievable project”.
“The tournament has inspired more top tennis schools to host similar events,” said Coetzer.
“Top juniors – the future stars of tomorrow – are all attending school, so we need to create a professional environment within the school tennis structure, whereby the se players have the opportunity as a team to play at the highest level,” continued Coetzer.
“Tennis is such an individual sport, for the girls to play as a team does wonders for their overall development. I am real proud of the tournament my Alma Mata C & N Meisieskool Oranje put together – so professional and they give such unconditional support to me and the project.”
At the tournament, defending champions Bloemhof remain on track to capture their seventh Amanda Coetzer Challenge title in Bloemfontein on Saturday, despite not having it all their own way in rounds two on Friday.
Newcomers to the tournament Menlopark of Pretoria put on a brave fight against the favourites, and were impressive in going down 9-14 to the defending champions.
In the afternoon session, Bloemhof surprisingly beat their neighbours Stellenbosch 12-0, to remain unbeaten and top the points table going into the final day.
Stellenbosch were totally intimidated by Bloemhof, and did not give the top seeds the challenge that everyone expected.
Hosts Oranje Meisieskool were upset in round two by former champions Waterkloof of Pretoria 10-14.
Waterkloof then continued their fine form in round three, and beat Cradock High School comfortably 11-4, to put themselves second to Bloemhof on the points table.
On Friday afternoon Oranje made up for their morning defeat, fighting hard to beat the in-form Menlopark 11-7.
The final round of the tournament will be played at the Oranje courts on Saturday; the order of play is HMS Bloemhof vs Oranje Meisieskool ; HS Stellenbosch vs HS Waterkloof and Cradock HS vs HS Menlopark.
Results from the Amanda Coetzer Challenge
Played at Oranje Meisieskool, Bloemfontein, on Friday, 25th May 2007:
HMS Bloemhof bt HS Menlopark 14-9
HS Stellenbosch bt Cradock HS 21-0
HS Waterkloof bt Oranje Meisieskool 14-10
HMS Bloemhof bt HS Stellenbosch 12-0
HS Waterkloof bt Cradock HS 11-4
Oranje Meisieskool bt HS Menlopark 11-7
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