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Evans Maripa slowly securing his Paralympic London 2012 dream

When South African wheelchair tennis star, Evans Maripa arrived at Ellis Park in Johannesburg for the Airports Company South Africa SA Open, he was quietly confident that he would have a good week. Maripa, unseeded from Limpopo after day two has found himself into the last eight of the Men’s singles of the world ranking tournament. On Sunday, Maripa followed up his upset win on Saturday over 8 seed Rafael Madeiros of Brazil with another straight set win over yet another Brazilian, Yamanitu Da Silva, winning 6-0 6-1. Maripa will now play fourth seeded Yoshinobu Fujimoto of Japan who beat South African Marshall Marsh 6-1 6-0. Maripa and Fujimoto last played each other in Polokwane in October last year which Fujimoto won in three close sets.

“I knew in order to do well I had to bring my A game into the SA Open. I’ve obviously brought my A game to Ellis Park and am so excited to be in the quarter finals” said Maripa following his win. With no points to defend, every round won here at Ellis Park by Maripa secures his Paralympic London 2012 dream.

Both top seeds in the Men’s singles, Sanada Takashi (Japan) and Gordon Reid (Great Britain) were comfortable second round winners on Sunday. Takashi beat Siposethu Kati (RSA) 6-1 6-0 whilst Reid beat Spano Luca (Italy) 6-2 6-0.

In the Women’s singles, all the top eight seeds have won through to the quarter finals including fourth seeded South African Kgothatso Montjane. Montjane beat Faizatul Thani of Malaysia 6-3 6-4.

Top women’s seed Marjolein Buis beat Luba Josevski of Australia 6-2 6-2 whilst second seed Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany beat Natalia Mayara of Brazil 6-1 6-2.

The quarter finals of the men’s and women’s singles will be played at 09h00 on Monday at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium.

In the Quads singles, one South African is through to Monday’s semi-final. Lucas Sithole, the second seed didn’t lose a game in his whitewash win over fellow South African David Mathebula. Sithole will now play Israel’s Boaz Kramer who upset third seeded Marco Innocenti of Italy 6-4 6-4. Top seed Andrew Lapthorne of Great Britain will face fourth seed Shraga Weinberg of Israel in the other Quad semi-final.

In the Junior draw, there will be an all-South African semi-final top seed Mabel Mankgele will play unseeded Tato Tsomolo and second seeded Thabang Lekhanyane will play third seeded Mariska Venter.

Published by The BLD Group