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Junior wheelchair stars down Russia in Japan
- Updated: May 24, 2016
South Africa’s wheelchair tennis junior team delivered a strong performance on day two of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan with a 2-1 defeat over Russia.
Lesha Shuklin had given the Russians the advantage with a 2-6 6-3 6-3 win over Ian Snyman but world number three Alwande Skhosana dug deep and pulled off a 6-0 6-0 win against Sergei Lysov to level the tie at 1-1.
Following their singles rubber Skhosana and Snyman joined forces for the doubles and the duo made quick work of dispatching Shuklin and Lysov 6-2 6-3 to emerge victorious and clinch the tie 2-1.
It’s the first time that Skhosana and Snyman are taking part in the World Team Cup but they rose to the challenge, and held their own in both the singles and the doubles events.
Skhosana and Snyman will face a tough challenge on Wednesday going head-to-head against the top seeded USA.
Two-time Grand Slam winner Lucas Sithole together with Bongani Dlamini and Danny Mohlamonya could not quite match the depth of top seeded Great Britain in the quads division and were downed 3-0 on Tuesday.
World number three Sithole got the day started for South Africa but was outplayed by Brit’s Andy Lapthorne, losing the first singles match in three sets 4-6 6-2 6-2.
With hopes of levelling the tie, the country’s No2 ranked Bongani Dlamini lost 6-3 6-0 to Jamie Burdekin to give Britain a 2-0 lead.
Dlamini and Danny Mohlamonyane then paired up to face Lapthorne and Burdekin in the doubles but the Brits were too good for the South African pair, defeating them in a quick 6-1 6-0 to beat South Africa 3-0.
The South African quads team will now take on Canada on Wednesday.