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IT’S AN ALL-TOP-4 SEED AFFAIR IN THE JOBURG OPEN SEMI-FINALS

The top four seeds all safely progressed to the semi-finals of the Airports Company South Africa Joburg Open, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 3 event after seeing off their lower-ranked opponents in style on Tuesday.

Men’s top seed Takuya Miki of Japan produced a polished performance to reach the semi-finals at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium in Johannesburg with a victory against Mzwanele Thientsi. The Japanese star set up a meeting with fourth seed Leon Els on Wednesday who survived a first set scare as he booked a place in the semi-finals but eventually disposed of unseeded compatriot Marshall Marsh 6-1 2-6 6-4.

South African no.1 Evans Maripa, seeded no.2, continued his winning streak with a 6-0 6-2 win over unseeded Patrick Selepe while no.3 seed Brazil's Rafael Medeiros is also through to the last four after a comfortable 6-0 6-0 win over Ishmael Tshipuke.

In the women’s draw top seed Mariska Venter beat Turkey’s Aysegul Zirarsiz in straight sets to book a spot in tomorrow’s last four. The former world no.1 junior remained focused and swept to a 6-1 6-0 triumph. Venter will next meet 3rd seed Busra Unof Turkey who dispatched top junior Nokwanda Hlongwane 6-0 6-1.

Meanwhile, 2nd seed Christine Schoenn also cruised through after a 6-0 6-0 victory over Mabel Mankgele and she will face South Africa’s Thando Hlatswayo, who took no time taking out country-lady Nonkanyiso Nyosi 6-2 6-0.

On the quad side, top seed Lucas Sithole easily saw off Queen Nhlapo in straight sets to advance on Tuesday. The world no.3 defeated Nhlapo 6-0 6-0 to set up a semi-final clash with 4th seed Danny Mohlamonyane who beat Michael Mahlanya 6-0 6-0.

Israel’s Haim Lev and Bongani Dlamini, seeds two and three, respectively, are also through to the semi-final after Lev saw off Ronewa Mudzanani 6-2 6-2 while Dlamini beat Neo Kgwedi 6-0 6-0.

Top juniors Alwande Skhosana and Nokwanda Hlongwane produced a polished performance to advance to the semi-finals. Skhosana and Hlongwane whitewashed Alberts John and Nsuku Ndhlovu respectively 6-0 6-0.

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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