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De Voest vanquished

Top-seeded Fabrice Santoro beat South Africa’s Rik de Voest in the final of the inaugural Soweto Open on Sunday.

The 36-year-old Frenchman beat South Africa’s No 1 Davis Cup player 7-5 6-4 to take the R140,000 first prize.

The game was played in energy-sapping 35 degree conditions and De Voest can take a lot ouf of the game against a player ranked 128 places above him.

The doubles final went to Chris Guccione of Australia and George Bastl of Switzerland. They beat Russian pair Michail Elgin and Alexandre Kudrayavtsev 6-2 4-6 11-9 (10-point tiebreaker) to share first prize of R60 000.


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