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- Banyana get right into training regime in Reunion
- Future speedsters strut their stuff at Green Point
- Garcia tames wind to share the lead at SA Women’s Masters
- Skhosana starts his 2017 season in France
- Birkett spearheads big field for Drak Challenge
- Olympian Barrow chooses SA over Australia
- Prinsloo starts 2017 with another payday
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De Voest downed
- Updated: February 2, 2010
Just four first round singles matches were completed on the opening day of the South African Open tennis tournament on Monday and local player Rik de Voest was one of the local casualties.
Rain played havoc with the scheduling of the R3.75 million Montecasino tournament and when De Voest finally fell to fifth-seeded Rajeev Ram of the United States 6-7 (3) 6-3 6-3 it was almost midnight.
Earlier Fritz Wolmarans earned himself a minimum R18,000 for securing a place in the main draw.
The 23-year-old did so by beating Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 4-6 6-2 6-2 in a qualifying game.
Wolmarans, who swopped the SA Closed Championships to rather get in an extra week’s training with coach Pietie Norval, had a long day as his match started at 10am and due to the inclement weather, only finished in the early evening.
Roger-Vasselin was the top seed in the qualifying section of the tournament and beating him will give 409th ranked Wolmarans hope for the rest of the tournament.