Nawa falls short of Vorwerk in the final

Mark Nawa during J30 International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tour Juniors final PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Mark Nawa during J30 International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tour Juniors final PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Local tennis sensation, Mark Nawa, has settled for a silver medal, falling short of South Africa’s number one seeded player, Guy Vorwerk, during the first leg of the J30 International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tour Juniors final match played at the Notwane Tennis Centre on Saturday.

Vorwerk snatched the title with a convincing score of 6-3, 6-2. Vorwerk went into the match with an upper hand because he was ranked 239 in the ITF World rankings while Nawa was ranked 383. Nawa started the match motivated to win his first title but his dream faded quickly when he started trailing by two sets.

He seemed to be getting frustrated as he lost points through what seemed like easy balls. Between points, Nawa would take a walk to the court fence to wipe the sweat from his face, as the extreme temperature continued hitting the two players. Nawa’s inexperience sharply contrasted with the nous of Vorwerk who seemed to know exactly what to do. At some point during the game, the South African showed off his skill. But Nawa did not give up as he dug deeper than before as the games progressed and somehow he gradually seemed to be on the path to turn his fortunes around.

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