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TOP SEEDS SUCCESSFUL IN PRETORIA OPEN FIRST ROUND

The top seeds involved in the Airports Company South Africa Pretoria Open first round all headed through to the second stage of the tournament after wins on Sunday at the Rientondale Tennis Club in Pretoria. It was pretty much smooth sailing for all the top seeds at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures event. Men’s top seed and defending champion Leon Els won comfortably after a magnificent display on court despite broken chair during his second match.

Those looking for upsets on the soil of the City of Tshwane were disappointed as the Pretoria Open kicked off on Sunday. Leon Els, Australian Oh-Chee Keegan, Nico Langmann of Austria, the country’s women top seed Mariska Venter and French lady Christine Schoenn all comfortably booked their places in the next round.

Els overcame his countryman Letsoalo Geoffrey to win in straight sets 6-1 6-0 to advance to the second round. The 27-year old after a short rest saw off Port Elizabeth’s Marshall Marsh who made him work hard to win the match in three sets 6-3 3-6 6-2. “I took the first set easily but struggled in the second set after my chair broke and lost it 3-6 but I worked hard and came back to take the deciding set 6-2. There was lot of drama in the match, the first set was very competitive but I managed to pull through. On the last set I made adjustments on the chair I borrowed and I was able to move around with it and emerged victorious”, said Els.

Second seed Oh-Chee Keegan and third seed Langmann also won comfortably, beating Atsu Maclean and Benito Vuma respectively in straight sets.

In the women’s tournament, the former world no.1 junior player Mariska Venter had no trouble in her match, defeating her country lady Nosipho Hlatswayo in straight sets 6-0 6-0. Second seed Christine Schoenn of France was another lady to advance into the next round after eliminating South Africa’s Wendy Hlongwane who enjoyed her opener win early today over Ghana’s Bernice Frimpong. Schoenn knocked out Hlongwane in three sets 6-4 5-7 6-3.

Play is scheduled to start at 09h00 on Monday.

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 R36-million to date and has committed to a continued investment in the sport as its flagship Corporate Social Investment programme.

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