Namibia finished bottom of the Africa/Euro Group III at the Federations Cup which was completed in Egypt over the weekend.
Namibia lost all five their group matches against Lithuania, Egypt, Tunisia, Moldova and Cyprus to finish 11th out of 11 competing nations in the group.
Namibia suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat in their opening match against Lithuania on April 16, and although they also lost 3-0 to Egypt in their second match, Carita Moolman did well to take a set off Egypt’s top player Magy Aziz.
Namibia won their first match against Tunisia on April 18, when Sedi Jacobs and Carita Moolman beat their Tunisian opponents in doubles, but Tunisia won the encounter 2-1.
The next day Namibia lost 2-1 to Moldova with Sedi Jacobs and Lynique Theron beating their opponents in the doubles encounter, after Moldova had won the singles matches.
Kerstin Gressman however put up a good fight in her singles match before going down 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-5.
Namibia lost their final group match 2-1 against Cyprus on April 20.
Lynique Theron and Sedi Jacobs lost their singles matches, but Kerstin Gressmann and Carita Moolman won their doubles match in three sets.
The Namibian team coach Elizna Naude said the team competed well but needed more experience.
“The girls competed very well and it is a pity that they were not able to convert the close matches against Egypt, Moldova and Cyprus to turn the victory to their side which would have put Namibia in the position to play-off for 5th or 6th position in the Europe/Africa Zone 3 group. It is clear that is only a matter of more exposure and experience at this
level of competition and clay courts for these group of juniors,” she said.
Lithuania and Tunisia finished at the top of the group and were promoted to the Africa/Euro Group II.