MARIPA ROLLS INTO THE SEMI–FINALS
The Airports Company South Africa EC Open, running from the 11-14 December, is in full swing, producing world class tennis, and great rivalries.
Evans Maripa, a clear favourite in the Open Men's division comfortably defeated fellow South African, Similo Basi, to advance to the semi finals where he will meet one of the top up and coming players in the world, Nico Langmann from Austria. Langmann played the match of the day today against Marshall Marsh of South Africa. Marsh pushed him to the limit in the first set, but could not match him in the second set. Langmann won the match 7-5, 6-1. Other players to advance to the semi finals are Leon Els and Patrick Selepe, both of South Africa.
The ladies draw also presented no surprises, and no upsets. It was comfortable wins all the way for the top 4 seeds, Thando Hlatshwayo, Rose vd Meer, Mariska Venter and Mabel Mankgele. All eyes will however be on tomorrows matches where the top 4 jossle for places in the final and an opportunity to improve their world rankings.
Bongani Dlamini, the no 1 seed in the Quads Division had the most interesting match of the day, with coaches and players taking heed of the up and coming junior Ronewa Mudzunani. Mudzanani caused the upset of the tournament to defeat Queen Nlhapo to set up a match against Dlamini. The match of the tournament in the quads division will be the head to head encounter between Dlamini and Mohlamonyane who have had nail biting matches throughout 2014.
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and Airports Company South Africa Partnership:
The Airports Company South Africa 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.