City siblings rally to the top in SA championships

At the age of 16, Keshmika won gold in the U18 singles beating Musfiquah Kalam from the Western Province in the finals by 3 sets to 0. She was also placed 3rd in the senior ladies section and was the only participant from KZN to have won medals in both the single divisions that she played in. Keshmika also won gold in team events beating Gauteng in the finals, and silver in the U18 doubles with her team mate Nokubonga from the UThukela district, losing narrowly to Western Province.
Her consistent performance and her number one ranking makes her a regular in the South African team, representing the country five times since the age of 12 and placing her in the Department of Sport and Recreation’s Elite Athlete Development Programme. Her younger sibling, Kivesh claimed the No 2 position nationally for the boys U15, after succumbing to Yukail Naidoo from Maritzburg College in a closely contested final. He also had to play the deciding match in the team event finals to win the gold against Eastern Cape.
Kivesh and Keshmika are both thankful to Hilal Pillay from the uMgungundlovu Table Tennis Federation for coaching them during the tournament helping them in achieving the successes.

Maritzburg sun reporter

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