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Great draw for SA aces at Gauteng Open
- Updated: April 23, 2014
South African players have received a favorable draw at Tuesday’s official draw procedures for the Airports Company South Africa Gauteng Open.
The draw took place at the tournament venue, the Gauteng East Tennis Complex in Benoni and was managed by tournament referee Mxolisi Matyolo. World number 8 women’ s player, Lucy Shuker of Great Britain and Russian star, Viktoria Lvova assisted with the draw, see picture, right.
The top men’s seed is Stephane Houdet of France and he should meet arch rival Gordon Reid of Great Britain, seeded two in the men’ s final. Houdet opens up against Similo Basi of South Africa whilst Reid plays another local, Frank Ramokoatsi.
With South Africa’ s top men’s player Evans Maripa having to withdraw from the tournament due to the sudden death of his mother, South African hopes in the men’ s singles will rest on Leon Els and Patrick Selepe and 13 other players who make up the 32 strong draw.
South Africa’s top women KG Montjane has been seeded second for the event and if all goes according to plan, will meet top seeded Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany in the Finals. However before Montjane can claim her spot on the finals on Saturday she has a possible semi-final clash with third seed Lucy Shuker of Great Britain.
Montjane, the defending champion said that the next two weeks were important. “I won this tournament last year so I have a bag full of points to defend. I feel prepared and ready for the week and I am confident of doing myself and my country proud.”
Second seeded Lucas Sithole from KwaZulu Natal will play compatriot Steven Kekae of Mamelodi, Pretoria in round one of the quads draw. Sithole is seeded to meet fourth seed Sarah Hunter of Great Britain in the semi-finals. Top seed in the quads and world number one, David Wagner of the USA meets Swede Petter Edstrom in round one.
Should Wagner and Sithole make the final it promises to be a blockbuster. Sithole beat Wagner to capture his first Grand Slam title at the US Open late last year but Wagner got sweet revenge when he beat Sithole in the final of this year’s Australian Open in January.
Play starts on Wednesday with the finals scheduled to start on Saturday.