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Coppinger out to make it seventh heaven at SA’s
- Updated: June 6, 2015
South Africa’s top ranked men’s squash player, Steve Coppinger is out to win his seventh national title at the SA Championships, starting at the Wanderers Club, Johannesburg on Monday.
Coppinger has hovered between 15 and 17th in the world over the last year.
He’s seeded first for the championships, which he has previously captured in 2007 and 2008, and then in a four-year winning streak from 2010 until 2013. Last year saw him bow out in four games to Shaun le Roux, No41 in the world, in the final.
Coppinger and le Roux are seeded to clash in Friday evening’s final on the al- glass court. Christo Potgieter and Thoboki Mohohlo, ranked 143 and 149 respectively in the world, are seeded third and fourth respectively with Mohohlo scheduled to meet Coppinger in the one semi-final and Potgieter clashing with Le Roux.
A new women’s champion will be crowned as defending champion Siyoli Waters, presently ranked 32nd in the world, is competing in another world circuit event in New Zealand.
Ranked 63rd in the world, former UJ student Cheyna Ticker slots into the top slot with Capetonian, 96th ranked Alexandra Fuller, the second seed. One point behind Fuller on the world rankings, Milnay Louw, also from Cape Town is seeded third with UJ student Elani Landman fourth.