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Top seeds in fine form in Eastern Cape Open

The top order of the women’s section packed a punch on the Tuesday’s third day of the 2013 Airports Company South Africa Eastern Cape Wheelcair Tennis Open with a series of mesmerising performances in Port Elizabeth.

First off the block was women top seed, Mariska Venter against fellow Mpumalanga player Queen Nhlapo. Venter bruised her opponent 6-0 6-0, with second seed Rose van der Meer following suit with a similar score line. After a brief battle in the first set, Lethabo Shai turned tables on the fourth seed Noma-Afrika Gxumisa. The diminutive junior took the match 7-5 6-0 to set up her first semi-final appearance.

The men’s division did not disappoint either with all contenders for the title still in the hunt.┬áTop seed Leon Els fought off a lengthy first set characterised by rallies and tactics off the top drawer to overcome Port Elizabeth’s finest, Marshall Marsh with a 7-6 6-1 scoreline.

Frank Ramokoatsi, Patrick Selepe and Mayenzeke Gwija ÔÇô second, third and fourth seeds respectively sailed through to the semi-finals with a good display of tennis against their opponents.┬áRamokoatsi won the battle of two generations with a serious drubbing of up-and-coming junior Sean-Liam de Hilster in a match that ended in a 6-0 6-0 scoreline.┬áSelepe then avenged his recent defeat to Mzwanele Thientsi via a 6-2 6-1 score, whilst Russia-bound Mayenzeke Gwija proceeded to the semis with a trouncing of Simongile Gobongo, that ended 6-0 6-1.

 


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