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Izak, Rik in quarters

Izak van der Merwe and Rik de Voest’s victories kept local interest high at the Soweto Open tennis tournament in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Both advanced to the quarter-finals of the $100,000 event. Van der Merwe beat Britain’s Chris Eaton in straight sets, 6-4 7-6 (3) to advance while De Voest took out Denys Molchanov from Ukraine but needed an extra set before winning 6-3 3-6 6-3, writes Mark Etheridge.

Van der Merwe will now take on Andrej Martin in the quarters after the Slovakian had reduced South African interest by beating Ruan Roelofse. Young Roelofse played great tennis in the first set to win 6-1 but then unforced errors cost him dearly as he went down 6-1 6-4 6-2.

De Voest and Van der Merwe later teamed up in the doubles quarter-finals but went down in straight sets 7-6 (6) 6-3 to Dustin Brown and Raven Klaasen.

Brown is seeded first in the singles section and also went through to the quarters on Wednesday, beating USA’s Rajeev Ram 6-4 6-4.

Meanwhile De Voest was a happy man after his result: “I had a good singles day today” he told Road to London 2012. “We started in overcast and light drizzle conditions, but not enough to affect the court. At 3-3, with no chances form each of us, the rain came, and we went off court, but resumed 20min later, where I won the next three games to win 6-3.

“Then another rain break (7min), but we stayed on court, and I lost all momentum and rhythm on my serve and went down 4-1, before losing the set 3-6, with another rain delay in the 2nd set. The third set was on serve until, I managed to create my only break point chance of the set at 3-2, to lead 4-2. I then served the match out to win the final set 6-3 to win 6-3,3-6,6-3.

“I was happy with the way I was able to compete in the tough conditions and raise my game in the final set when I needed to. My quarter-final match is against Michal Przysiezny of Poland, the three seed. I hope to play well and get a win against him again, having beaten him before.”

In the women’s compeition top-seeded Anne Keothavong had an easy enough win, the Briton beating Serbian Teodora Mircic 6-3 7-6. Defending champion and third seed, Nina Bratchikova of Russia also went through, beating Britain’s Lisa Whybourn in three sets, 5-7 6-3 6-1.

Results
Men
Second round

[1] Dustin Brown (GER) bt Rajeev Ram (USA) 6-4 6-4
[8] Matthew Ebden (AUS) bt Danai Udomchoke (THA) 6-3 7-6(4)
[4] Izak van der Merwe (RSA) bt Chris EAton (GBR) 6-4 7-6(3)
[7] Andrej Martin bt Ruan Roelofse (RSA) 1-6 6-4 6-2
[6] Rik de Voest (RSA) bt Denys Molchanov 6-3 3-6 6-3
[3] Michal Przysienzy (POL) bt Sergei Bubka (POL) 6-2 6-3
Greg Jones (AUS) bt Jan Mertl (CZE) 7-6(2) 7-5
[2] Gilles Muller (LUX) bt Ludovic Walter (FRA) 6-3 7-5

Doubles, quarter-finals
Greg Jones (AUS)/Rajeev Ram(USA) bt [1] James Cerretani (USA)/Adil Shamasdin (CAN) 6-4 3-6 10-2
Andre Begemann (GER)/Matthew Ebden (AUS) bt Sanchai Ratiwatana(THA)/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) 4-6 6-3 10-7
[4] Dustin Brown (GER)/Raven Klaasen (RSA) bt Rik de Voest (RSA)/Izak van der Merwe (RSA) 7-6(6) 6-3
[2] Michael Kohlmann (GER)/Alexander Peya (AUT) bt Sebastian Rieschick (GER)/Simon Stadler (GER) 7-6(7) 6-4

Women
Second round

[1] Anne Keothavong (GBR) bt Teodora Mircic (SRB) 6-3 7-6(3)
Eirini Georatou (GRE) bt Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) 6-2 4-6 6-4
Valeria Savinykh (RUS) bt Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) 6-2 6-2
[7] Corinna Dentoni (ITA) bt Zarah Razafimahatratra (MAD) 6-3 6-0
[8] Kathrin Woerle (GER) bt  Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) 7-5 7-6(2)
[3] Nina Bratchikova (RUS) bt Lisa Whybourn (GBR) 5-7 6-3 6-1
Kiki Bertens (NED) bt Ana-Clara Duarte (BRA) 6-1 6-3
[2] Petra Cetkovska (CZE) bt Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (THA) 6-4 6-1

Doubles quarter-finals
[1] Eva Birerova (CZE)/Petra Cetkovska (CZE) bt Naomi Broady (GBR)/Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) 6-4 6-4
[4] Nina Bratchikova (RUS)/Valeria Savinykh (RUS) bt Eirini Georgatou (GRE)/Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) 6-4 6-0
Kiki Bertens (NED)/Anne Keothavong (GBR) bt Anne Kremer (LUX)/Nicole Rottman (AUT) 3-6 6-2 10-4


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