Badenhorst settles for doubles silver

Kobus Badenhorst of Red Deer and Bruno Simon of Calgary settled for silver Sunday in the under-18 boys’ doubles event during junior challenger action of the provincial junior outdoor championship at the Red Deer Tennis Club.

Kobus Badenhorst

Kobus Badenhorst

Kobus Badenhorst of Red Deer and Bruno Simon of Calgary settled for silver Sunday in the under-18 boys’ doubles event during junior challenger action of the provincial junior outdoor championship at the Red Deer Tennis Club.

The Badenhorst/Simon duo finished with a 2-1 round-robin record that included 7-5, 7-6 (2) and 6-0, 4-6, 10-3 wins over Mark Sauer and Dino Kurbegovic of Calgary and the Lethbridge pair of James Kwan and Coby Iwaasa. Edmonton twins Keenan and Quinn Witsken took top honours with a 3-0 mark, clinching the title with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Sauer and Kurbegovic.

Michael Robinson was the other Red Deer player in the challenger competition. He lost both of his under-12 boys’ singles matches, falling 2-6, 1-6 to Goran Vukovic of Calgary and 5-7, 5-7 to Yanozie Amadike of Calgary.

Koi McArthur of Calgary downed Nichola Chow of Sherwood Park 7-5, 6-1 in the U-12 championship final. Alexander Gragovic knocked off fellow Calgarian John Nykyforuk 3-5, 4-1, 10-7 to take consolation honours.

In the under-14 boys’ doubles final, Ivan Stakic and Walter Hasick of Calgary defeated David Laschuk and Eric Kenneth of Edmonton 6-0, 6-1.

In under-14 girls’ singles action, Abigail Heninger beat Rayne Sinclair 6-3, 6-2 in an all-Calgary championship final, and Isabella Hindley of Calgary was a 4-2, 4-1 winner over Gabriela Rojas-Unate of Edmonton in the consolation final.

Lydia Samis of Edmonton snared the under-12 girls’ singles crown with a 3-0 record, beating Elizabeth Mcleod of Lethbridge 6-0, 6-0 in her final match. Meanwhile, the boys’ under-16 single title went to Kyle Sluchinski of Edmonton, a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Thomas Lee of Calgary, with Keenan Witsken defeating Jean-Christophe Goulet of Calgary by default (injury) in the consolation final.

Ian Tomas of Edmonton was a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Jake Fardoe, also of Edmonton, in the boys’ under-18 singles final. Jevan Koonar beat Sauer 4-2, 4-2 in the consolation finale.

In the under-14 boys’ singles final, Kareen Hassan defeated Munachi Amadike 6-3, 6-2. Both players are from Calgary.

• Mark Hamill of Red Deer was a double silver medalist in the junior champs division Saturday.

Hamill dropped a 0-6, 2-6 decision to top-seeded Luke Manley of Edmonton in the U18 boys’ singles, then placed second in the U18 doubles when his partner Akhil Mehta of Edmonton was forced to retire because of a wrist injury. As a result, the team of Manley and Curran Wearmouth of Calgary won gold.

Meanwhile in girls’ U12 competition Tereza Simonov, who is the daughter of Red Deer Tennis Club head coach Rene Simon, finished third in the U12 singles and U14 doubles.

In singles she beat Gracie Sprung of Calgary 6-2, 6-2 in the consolation final, while in doubles she teamed with Lara Stakic of Calgary. The pair finished with a 1-2 record after losing to Maja Dragovic and Claire Koke of Calgary 0-6, 1-6 and 1-6, 1-6 to Maya Dukaric of Calgary and Jacobs of Ashleigh Jacobs of High River.

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