TOP SEEDS ADVANCE ON RAIN INTERRUPTED DAY AT ELLIS PARK
After waiting out a four-hour rain delay on Monday, the top seeds - for the most part - advanced to Tuesday’s second round at the Joburg Open sponsored by Airports Company South Africa, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 3 event staged at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium in Johannesburg.
Top-seeded Mariska Venter, cruised through her first round match, toppling compatriot Martha Tsum 6-0 6-0. Enjoying a career-high ranking of 28 after winning two Futures tournaments this season, Venter is hoping to keep the trophy at home and could meet her biggest rival Christine Schoen of France in the final if all goes according to plan.
French-lady Schoenn, the 2nd seed, will play Mabel Mankgele next after she saw off South Africa's NomaAfrika Gxumisa 6-0 6-0. The 21-year-old Mankgele defeated Zimasa Willie 6-1 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals.
The top seed, Takuya Miki of Japan, eased past unseeded Thato Tsomole 6-1 6-0 while Leon Els is also through to round two after a comfortable 6-3 6-0 win over countryman Donald Ramphadi.
The country’s top ranked men’s player Evans Maripa also booked a place in the second round after a day of intermittent rain disrupted the Joburg Open. The 2nd seed disposed of unseeded Benito Vuma 6-0 6-0.
The no. 3 seed, Brazil's Rafael Medeiros, recorded a 6-1 6-0 victory over Gwija Mayenzeke.
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.