BONGANI DLAMINI CLINCH EZMED ARIZONA OPEN TITLE
South African wheelchair tennis quad player Bongani Dlamini clinched the EZMED Arizona Open singles title in Tucsan, United States on Sunday. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 3 tournament which finished yesterday saw Dlamini send Mika Ishikawa packing to record his first title of the year.
The 34-year-old Dlamini looked in control as he swept to victory and proved to be too good for the Canadian. Dlamini ensured he would head to this week's Indian Wells Tennis Garden Championship, also an ITF level 3 tournament at the Indian Wells with confidence after downing Ishikawa 6-1 6-1.
"I had a good game plan today, everything worked out. I was match-ready. It is such a great feeling to start a year with such a huge win. It gives me a great confidence going into the Indian Wells tournament. ," said the country number two.
Women’s second seed Mariska Venter and the country’s no.2 in the men Leon Els had early exits both losing in the first round. Meanwhile, Danny Mohlamonyane finished in the third place in the quads event. The three will be hoping to do better and clear that hurdle in the Indian Wells starting this week from 28-31 January.
Venter and doubles partner Lola Ochoa of Spain were runner-ups in the women doubles tournament after they went down 7-6(5) 2-6 1-0(6) against unseeded Shelby Baron and Marianne Page of the United States.
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.