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Harris flies lone SA flag at Stellenbosch Futures
- Updated: November 21, 2015
If it wasn’t for 18-year-old Lloyd Harris there would be no South African flag flying above the University of Stellenbosch tennis courts this weekend.
Harris remains the sole South African in the singles semi-finals of the Digicall Futures 3. The Digicall Futures 3 is the last of three Digicall Futures Series international tennis tournaments being played at Coetzenburg, Stellenbosch.
Fourth seeded Harris was the home crowd hero when he beat Austria’s Peter Goldsteiner in Friday’s quarter-finals. Harris, a Capetonian, encountered little resistance from his opponent on centre court, beating Goldsteiner 6-3 6-4 in a match that lasted five minutes short of two hours.
After Harris’ victory, there was disappointment for the local spectators when second seed Nik Scholtz, a native of Boland and a tournament favourite was sent packing his bags. Up and coming Lucas Catarina of Monaco, unseeded, was responsible for the upset win over 24-year-old Scholtz recording a surprisingly easy 6-1 6-4 victory in one hour and 14 minutes.
Scholtz will for sure like to forget the loss quickly as he made too many unforced errors throughout. His frustration was evident in his inability to play with any rhythm and his suspect forehand troubled Scholtz with his usual big serve not being on song throughout the match.
Catarina will now play Harris on Saturday in the semi-finals.
In the top half of the draw, top seed Pascal Brunner of Austria had little trouble in ousting eighth seed Luca Pancaldi of Italy 6-2 6-4. Brunner in the semifinals will do battle with fellow countryman and third seed Lucas Miedler.
Miedler beat fifth seed Javier Pulgar-Garcia of Germany 6-4 6-1 in his quarter-final.
In the women’s singles the remaining two South Africans in the draw, Madrie Le Roux and Ilze Hattingh both lost on Friday. Le Roux the sixth seed bowed out to top-seed Naomi Totka of Hungary whilst Hattingh was upset by fifth seed, Marie Huber of Germany.
Le Roux went down fighting hard, with the top seed needing two hours and 48 minutes to beat the South African Fed Cup player 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-4. After dominating the opening set, Le Roux squandered a number of opportunities to close out the match in the second set. The final set was also a close one but the top seed proved she was just stronger and more composed on the day for Le Roux.
Hattingh, like her doubles partner Le Roux, started well against the fifth seed Huber of Germany but in the second set the German took control and lost only one game in that set securing victory and her spot in the Saturday semif-inals.
Huber, a finalist in the Digicall Futures 1 now meets Totka for a place in the final.
In the other women’s quarter-finals unseeded Gabriella Taylor of Britain continued her winning streak beating Valeria Bhunu of Zimbabwe 6-3 1-6 6-1. Taylor in Saturday’s semi-finals will face eighth seed Amelie Intert of Germany who beat unseeded Nicole Rottmann of Austria 1-6 7-5 7-6 (4).