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SA trio make progress
- Updated: January 12, 2011
All three South African men’s players in action at the Australian Open qualifying stages went through successfully on Wednesday.
Of the three players involved, Rik de Voest had the easiest win, going through in straight sets 6-3 6-2 against American Michael McClune. He now faces the possibility of facing top-seeded qualifier Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia in the next round.
Fritz Wolmarans had to rely on two tiebreaks before advancing past Augustin Genesse of France, also in straight sets 7-6-7-6. He now plays Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, the 11th seed in the next round.
The third and final South African, Izak van der Merwe was pushed to three sets before beating Australia’s Matt Reid 6-3 6-7 (7) 6-4. Van der Merwe, at 177th our second highest ranked ATP Tour player behind Kevin Anderson, now plays Jean-Rene Lissnard of Monaco in the second round of qualifying.