SEEDS AND DRAW ANNOUNCED FOR GAUTENG OPEN
The seeds and draw for round one of the 2016 Gauteng Open at the Gauteng East Tennis Complex in Benoni were announced on Tuesday.
Eight-ranked Kgothatso ‘KG’ Montane is seeded seventh for the women’s event and will be hoping to run amok to ensure no foreigner runs away with the title.
The winner in 2013 and last year’s runner-up has a first round bye and will meet the winner of the match between the country’s top junior Nokwanda Hlongwane and Lola Ochoa of Spain. Montjane is set to face second seed and world number two Yui Kamiji from Japan in the quarterfinals of the Grade 1 event, sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
Women’s world number one and top seed Jiske Griffioen from the Netherlands will also enjoy a first round bye. Should the seedings play out as expected, Griffioen will face a strong semi-final challenge against the third seed and compatriot Aniek van Koot.
Australian Open quads doubles champion Lucas Sithole, seeded third, will go head-to-head with Bryan Barten of United States in Wednesday’s opening round. If all goes according to plan, Sithole will face former world number one and two-time defending champion David Wagner from the United States in the semi-finals.
World number one Dylan Alcott will take on South Africa’s third ranked Danny Mohlamonyane in his opener. The reigning Australian Open champion is seeded to meet fourth seed Ymanitu Silva from Brazil in the semi-finals.
In the men’s singles, top seed and world number one Stephane Houdet from France will play China’s Zujun Wei in the opening round and is seeded to chase down defending champion and third seed Joachim Gerard from Belgium in the semi-finals.
South Africa’s top ranked men’s player Evans Maripa is unseeded for the Airports Company South Africa sponsored event. The world number 16 will face fourth seed Stefan Olsson of Sweden in his opener on Wednesday.
The finals of the Gauteng Open, which forms part of the global UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, is scheduled for 3 April. Play starts at 09h00 on Wednesday
Gauteng Open seeds:
1. Stephane Houdet FRA (World no.1)
2. Nicolas Peifer FRA (3)
3. Joachim Gerard BEL (4)
4. Stefan Olsson SWE (7)
5. Takashi Sanada JPN (9)
6. Adam Kellerman AUS (11)
7. Takuya Miki JPN (12)
8. Frederic Cattaneo FRA (14)
1. Jiske Griffioen NED (World no. 1)
2. Yui Kamiji JPN (2)
3. Aniek van Koot NED (3)
4 Sabine Ellerbrock GER (5)
5. Marjolein Buis NED (6)
6. Lucy Shuker GBR (7)
7. Kgothatso Montjane RSA (8)
8. Katharina Kruger GER (10)
1. Dylan Alcott AUS (World no.1)
2. David Wagner USA (2)
3. Lucas Sithole RSA (3)
4. Ymanitu Silva BRA (12)
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.