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ELS, VENTER, DLAMINI BOOKS PRETORIA OPEN SEMI-FINAL SPOTS

South Africa’s top seeds Leon Els, Mariska Venter and Bongani Dlamini remain on course for repeat success after they came through the second day of the Airports Company South Africa Pretoria Open on Monday.

The men’s top seed Els continued his winning streak when he advanced to the last four in Pretoria today. The defending champion booked his spot in the semi-finals at Rietondale Tennis Club by defeating sixth seed Henry De Cure 6-1 6-4. The 27-year old who hails from Potchefstroom will go up against last year’s runner-up and third seed Nico Langmann from Austria, who defeated Zimbabwe's Nyasha Mharakurwa, who represented Zimbabwe at the 2008 Paralympics.  Langmann dispatched Mharakurwa 6-0 6-2.

Keegan Oh-Chee, second seed from Australia also advanced when he defeated seventh-seed Patrick Selepe 6-1 6-1, while Israel’s Amir Levi overpowered his countryman Asi Stokol 6-1 6-2.

The women’s top seed Mariska Venter outclassed her country lady Nonkanyiso Nyosito 6-1 6-0 to book semi-final clash with her doubles partner and fourth seed Rosalea Van Der Meer. If all goes according to plan Venter will meet her compatriot Thando Hlatshwayo in Wednesday’s final. Hlatswayo also advanced to the semi-final round after a 6-0 6-0 whitewash victory over seventh seed Nokwanda Hlongwane. The defending champion will face a tough challenge tomorrow when she go head-to-head against second seed Christine Schoenn of France. Hlatswayo met Schoenn twice, at the Airports Company South Africa Gauteng Open in 2013 and early this month at the Korea Open and Schoenn was a victor in both encounters.

“I feel very confident ahead of my match tomorrow against Christine, I know it won’t be an easy match as she is a good and experienced player. I have worked very hard in my preparations and although I have lost to Christine in the two encounters we met, I still believe I can take the title again”, said Hlatswayo.

It only took Tembisa’s Bongani Dlamini an hour to demolish unseeded Michael Mahlanya in the quads quarterfinal match. The top seed triumphed 6-0 6-0 and advanced to a meeting with Ronewa Mudzanani seeded 3 in the tournament, who had a walkover after Luan Degenaar was charged with punctuality penalty. In another semi-final, second seed Danny Mohlamonyane will face Queen Nhlapo.

Play starts at 09h00 on Tuesday.

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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