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Wheelchair tennis top seeds win through on day one at ACSA SA Open

All the top seeds in the Airports Company South Africa SA Open won through on day one of the country’s premier wheelchair tennis tournament being played at Ellis Park in the City of Joburg.

In the men’s division, Japanese top seed Sanada Takashi beat South African Sydwell Mathonsi 6-1 6-4. Mathonsi is one of the brightest prospects in our country and it was unlucky he drew the worlds tenth ranked player in the opening round. Second seeded Gordon Reid of Great Britain lost only two games when he beat Richard Engels of Australia 6-1 6-1.

In the women’s singles, the top seeds enjoyed first round byes including South African third seed Kgothatso Montjane who on Sunday will open up her campaign against Luba Josevski of Australia in round two.

In the Quads section, second seed and world number 9, Lucas Sithole of South Africa was a comfortable 6-2 6-0 first round winner against fellow countryman Fernando Gallant. “I enjoyed the match and it was a good solid start which will help my confidence for the week ahead” said Sithole after his victory. “I feel good about my game and I think it’s due to the good form I have brought back after my recent tour of the USA. But it’s just the start of the tournament and we have lots of tennis and tough matches ahead” continue Sithole. Sithole returned last week for a success run of three tournaments in the USA where he reached two semi-finals and a quarter final. Top seed in the Quads, Andrew Lapthorne needed under an hour to oust Nagaoka Takashi of Japan 6-1 6-0.

In the juniors there were first round wins for South African’s Alwanda Skhosana and Tato Tsomolo.

Published by The BLD Group