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Van der Meer, Els take E Cape titles
- Updated: September 27, 2013
Rose van der Meer and Leon Els continued their winning streak of total domination to win their respective titles at the Airports Company South Africa Eastern Cape Wheelchair Tennis Open in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.
The duo showed an emphatic display of character against their various contenders during the tournament and both have now completed a record hat trick of titles this year.
In the women’s final top-seeded Mariska Venter drew first blood in the opening set, but the second set belonged to Van der Meer who showed brilliant shot-making and tactical application to force a third set in which she confirmed her dominance over the ever improving Venter.┬áThe match ended 4-6 6-4 6-1.
Els,pictured right, completed a brace of titles following the doubles title he won a day prior to seal a most successful outing in the Eastern Cape.┬áHis performance bodes well as he heads for Russia and hopes his fine form stays for the duration of the European tour.
Seeded first for the tournament Els was determined to fend off an attack by determined third-seed Patrick Selepe, before beating him 6-3 6-4 in a match characterised by close points and good rallies.
*1 Els Leon (SA) bt┬á *3 Selepe Patrick (SA) 6-3 6-4
Hubbard Adrian (SA)┬á bt Shepherd Banda (ZIM) 6-2 6-1
*2 Rose Van Der Meer (2) (SA) bt *1 Mariska Venter (SA) 6-4 6-4 6-1
*1 Bongani Dhlamini (SA) bt *2 Mathebula David (SA) 6-2 6-0
Dhlamini (SA) bt Alex Mkandla 6-3 7-5
*1 Tsomole Thato (SA) bt Temba Novatis 6-1 6-0
*1 Mariska Venter (SA) bt *2 Thando Hlatswayo (SA) 6-1 6-3
MENS A CONS
Tsomole Thato (SA) bt Nyendeni Xolelani (SA) 6-0 6-0
MENS B CONS
*2 Nhlanla Dlomo (SA)┬á bt *1 Thobejane Sello (SA) 3-6 6-1 7-5