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Tennis Doubles Pair triumphs in Botswana


Moorosi Tsiane

THE doubles pair of ‘Mammuso Rannana and Pulane Monyatsi won the recent Botswana Open Senior tournament by overcoming their Botswana counterparts in the final.

They pocketed P4000 for their efforts.

Rannana and Monyatsi played in the female category while Neo Makhakhe, Kukutla Motlojoa, Bishop Mosebi and Paseka Motsamai represented Lesotho in the male category.

Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Zambia, Swaziland and hosts, Botswana were all represented at the tournament from 15 to 18 July.

Makhakhe got knocked out in the first round while Motlojoa and Motsamai were knocked out in second round matches.

Mosebi was the only one who managed to make it to the final in the male category but lost the match.

Rannana and Monyatsi were both knocked out in semifinals of the females’ singles.

Rannana told the Sunday Express that she was happy to have in the doubles after crashing out in the semifinal of the singles event.

“It is great that we won the doubles after losing in the singles,” Rannana said, adding, “I think we made up for the mistakes we committed and cost us the singles”.

Rannana said winning meant a lot to her especially after she also won the 2015 doubles with Nthabiseng Nqosa.

She this showed Lesotho had potential and they could achieve more with the right support system.

“This was my second time winning the tourney as we (with Nthabiseng) clinched it in 2015. So I am happy although I would have wanted to win the singles more than anything else.

“Our male players did well despite the fact that we did not go for the tournament under good circumstances.

This shows that as a country we have potential and with the right support system we can achieve even more.

“Our biggest challenge is that we go for a very long time without competing in big tournaments so it always feels like the first time. But if we could get enough support and attend many tournaments we could do even better,” she said.





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