A DAY OF DOUBLE TITLES AT THE AIRPORTS COMPANY SOUTH AFRICA SOWETO OPEN
It was a day of doubles as top seeds and defending champions consolidated their positions as the force to be reckoned with at the recently completed AIRPORTS COMPANY SOUTH AFRICA SOWETO Open.
Globetrotter, Leon Els went head-to-head with Austrian teenager Nico Langmann in the mens singles final. This proved to be a see-saw battle as Langmann drew first blood after an evenly matched first set. Els had to draw courage from deep to capture the two remaining sets in an unassailable fashion. The match ended with a 5-7 6-3 6-3 scoreline for Els and thus guaranteeing him the title.
Courage and determination were the order of the day in the womens singles title contest between top seeded, Rose van der Meer and second seeded Mariska Venter, a repeat of the 2013 finals. Van der Meer raced to a convincing first set, capturing the opener 6-1 with a demonstration of brute force and an unforgiving tactical game. Venter though was not to be denied and launched a retaliation of her own exploiting the vulnerability of the top seed's feat in the first set by responding with a resounding 6-2 rout in the second set.
The crowd couldn't have asked for a much better finish to a spectacular match with both players matching each other's technical, tactical prowess and had the crowd on the edge of the pavilion. A tie-breaker was to be the only thing to separate the two determined players with van der Meer's experience shining through in claiming her second AIRPORTS COMPANY SOUTH AFRICA SOWETO Open title in 2 years. There was no love lost though as the pair took the doubles title in a 7-5 2-6 6-3 scoreline, elsewhere Leon Els and Nico Langmann sailed through the challenge from Ishmael Tshipuke and Mzwanele Thintsi in ousting the latter pair 6-1 6-3.
Venter clinched her double via a well-deserved victory over local rival, Thando Hlatswayo whilst Nico Langmann also had reason to celebrate a brace of titles after ousting Thato Tsomole in a thrilling three-setter in the Girls and Junior Boys Singles respectively.
Womens Singles Final:
1- Rose van der Meer (RSA) bt 2- Mariska Venter (RSA) 6-1 2-6 7-6(3)
Mens Singles Final:
1- Leon Els (RSA) bt 3- Nico Langmann (Austria) 5-7 6-3 6-3
Quads Singles Final:
2- Danny Mohlamonyane (RSA) bt Nkosenye Nkosi (RSA) 6-0 6-0
Junior Boys Singles Final:
1- Nico Langmann (AUT) bt 2- Thato Tsomole (RSA) 6-7 6-2 6-3
Junior Girls Singles Final
1- Mariska Venter (RSA) bt 2- Thando Hlatswayo (RSA) 6-1 6-4
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and Airports Company South Africa Partnership:
The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is the official sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and the sport of wheelchair tennis. Airports Company South Africa has contributed no less than R26-million to date and has committed to a continued investment in the sport as its flagship Corporate Social Investment programme.