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Danny and Queen set sights on Strand title
- Updated: October 7, 2014
The Groblersdal tennis pair of Danny Mohlamonyane and Queen Nhlapo’s hopes of capturing the Airports Company South Africa Strand Open will be put to the test at the Futures event being held in Strand, Western Cape later this month.
The duo, seeded second and third in the quads draw respectively, will be out to capture the titles and improve on their performance at the recent winter events at the ACSA SOWETO and Pretoria Opens.
Mohlamonyane had a sniff of a maiden title against Bongani Dlamini at the Pretoria leg but ran out of steam, resulting in the more experienced Dlamini claiming the title. He will be looking to secure a spot in the finals and aim for a maiden title on the local international wheelchair tennis circuit.
Mohlamonyane’s task will not be made any easier by the looming presence of Westdene-based and top seeded, Dlamini and Port Elizabeth’s, Fernando Gallant who will be looking to improve their rankings in the quad’s section. Other enviable opponents in the category are the new kid on the block, Venda based Ronewa Mudzananani.
Nhlapo knows that anything but a win will take her up the quads rankings of the local circuit.
She is quite aware of the opportunities presented by the absence of Luan Degenaar, Steven Kekai and David Mathebula and will relish the opportunity to narrow the gap by either reaching the semi-finals or an outright win at the event.
Men’s Top Seeds
1. Leon Els
2. Patrick Selepe
3. Marshall Marsh
4. Mzwanele Tientsi
5. Ishmael Tshipuke
6. Mayenzeke Gwija
7. Frank Ramokoatsi
8. Vuyisani Mantshula
Women’s Top Seeds
1. Rosalea van der Meer
2. Mariska Venter
3. Thando Hlatswayo
4. Tsholofelo Sibanda
5. Zimasa Willie
Quad’s Top Seeds
1. Bongani Dlamini
2. Danny Mohlamonyane (Groblersdal)
3. Queen Nhlapo (Groblersdal)
4. Fernando Gallant