THE WARRIORS CROWNED CHAMPIONS, AGAIN
The Warriors team notched up their second consecutive title to conclude the Gauteng Performance League at Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Jabavu, Soweto on Sunday.
The team which comprises of Alwande Skhosana, Tiisetso Motaung and Nokwanda Hlongwane captured the league title by accumulating the most points and defeating the A Game, Unmatchables, and the Fearsome Foresome.
The country’s top junior Alwande Skhosana put the Warriors ahead following a scintillating performance clinching all his three singles matches against Patrick Selepe, Thato Tsomole and Vuyisani Mantshula.
The crowd witnessed some sizzling tennis during the match between Skhosana and Selepe with both men fighting it off stroke for stroke. Ultimately, the world number 5 junior emerged a winner giving the Warriors a huge lead on the scoreboard.
The Unmatchables, which comprises of quad ace Danny Mohlamonynane, Thato Tsomole and Nonkanyiso Nyosi finished in second position. Tsomole was one of the notable players who impressed and was a great boost to the team.
The 21-year-old played some great tennis against Vuyisani Mantshula, the two brought some much-needed cheer to the crowd. There was brilliant stroke play and clever shot making by Mantshula on the nets, but but Tsomole won the match 6-5(8).
The A Game team of Ronewa Mudzanani, Ian Snyman and Patrick Selepe finished strong as well and staged sterling performance to claim third position. Mudzanani continued his dominance in the league when he also bagged all his singles matches edging out Nokwanda Hlongwane, Asive Gilifile and Nonkanyiso Nyosi to boost his team with 23 points.
"We knew that with Leon Els who unfortunately had to withdraw from the event that we would be very strong but were not too sure how Patrick would respond to the competition," said Mudzanani. "Well, he answered that question with progressively amazing play in the doubles.”
Selepe replaced Els who withdrew from the league due to injury.
“The Performance League is really a great concept as it gives our promising stars an opportunity to be competitive. The players have so fun and enjoy the challenges. We will continue this culture and we plan to grow these events bigger and better to give more players opportunities”, said Wheelchair Tennis South Africa Manager Karen Losch.