Last weekend saw the Klein Windhoek Squash Club hosting the popular Tulipamwe KWSC Closed Championships.
A limited entry draw saw two juniors, two women and 18 men battling it out in two divisions: the 8-men A-division and a 14-men and ladies mixed B-division.
Nancy Fernandes proved that she is not only sovereign in the ladies division by beating all four male opponents on her way to the B-division final. She was able to decide the match outcome by beating Daniel Conradie in the 4th set 11-5, 11-8, 4-11 and 11-9.
The highlight of the weekend, however, was the men’s A-division challenge, where Kyle Kriel,16, and Namibia’s #1 ranked junior player caused one upset after another by eliminating his more experienced opponents with ease.
In the semifinal, Kriel met up with the #2 seed, Max Endjala, who has been dominating national tourneys all year. He has been featuring in most of the finals and emerged either victorious or as runner-up to Sven Grüttemeyer, the #1 seed in this tourney.
However, it was not meant to be this time around, as Kriel fought all the way into the 5th set to beat Endjala 11-8, 4-11, 3-11, 12-10 and 3-11. Grüttemeyer also saw off Wilko Aschenborn to secure his spot in the final.
What followed on Saturday afternoon was an epic five-set battle that kept the spectators on the edge of their seats for 75-minutes. Both players displayed extreme agility and put up their best performances, but in the end, it was the junior who got the upper hand.
Kriel defeated Grüttemeyer 11-6, 10-12, 12-10, 2-11, 6-11 to walk away as the 2015 KWSC Champion.
Kriel has made remarkable progress since his participation in the Junior Squash World Championships in Windhoek last year and this title is most likely only the first of many to come.
The Klein Windhoek Squash Club thanked its main sponsor, Tulipamwe Consulting Engineers, for the opportunity to host this very successful tournament.