Maripa, Venter and Dlamini wins at Airports Company South Africa Eastern Cape OPEN 2014
Evans Maripa, Mariska Venter and Bongani Dlamini clinched the last singles titles of the year at the recently concluded Airports Company South Africa EC Open, which forms part of the UNIQLO wheelchair tennis world tour.
Maripa showed why he is considered one of the world's most talented players, and a real threat to enter the top 10 players in the World. Maripa mastered the wind, showed mental toughness and true talent, dropping only 6 games in the event to claim the men's singles title. Meanwhile, in the women's draws Venter claimed the victory over a hungry and experienced van der Meer. Van Der Meer was on form during the event, toppling first seed Thando Hlatshwayo enroute to the finals, where the wind, and Venter were too strong a competitor on the day. Venter, who finished 2013 as the top junior in the world, showed she is serious about the Paralympics and making her presence known on the women's tour.
Bongani Dlamini was made to sweat by the determined Danny Mohlamonyane in the quads title match. He was however able to keep his focus and close the match in two sets to confirm his status as the man in charge in the absence of Lucas Sithole.
Men's Singles Final
Evans Maripa bt Leon Els 6-2, 6-0
Mens Doubles Final
Marshall Marsh/Leon Els bt Evans Maripa/Patrick Selepe 7-5, 6-4
Womens Singles Final
Mariska Venter bt Rose van der Meer 6-4, 7-5
Womens Doubles Final
Rose van der Meer/Mariska Venter bt Thando Hlatswayo/Mabel Mankgele 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
Quads Singles Final
Bongani Dhlamini bt David Mohlamonyane 6-1, 7-6
Sean de Hilster bt Mariska Venter 6-2, 6-2
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.