MARISKA VENTER COMPLETES REVENGE MISSION AGAINST BUOB
South African women’s number two wheelchair tennis ace Mariska Venter exacted revenge on Swiss top seed Nalani Buob in emphatic fashion at Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Soweto on Sunday.
The second seed who enjoyed a great support from her family and friends staged a master-class performance to send the top seed packing with an impressive 7-5 6-2 victory.
The 21-year-old Venter suffered a stunning loss against Buob in the Soweto Open final in Jabavu last year and celebrated her revenge in style.
“I feel good winning a match against such a good player. It was a great match and I am happy that I pulled through to avenge my loss against her here in Soweto last year,” said Venter.
After the former world number 1 junior survived a topsy-turvy first set, she seemed to have revived her energy taking an early lead in the next set. The second set was clinical as the 2016 Soweto Open runner-up Venter closed the match 6-2 to set up a final clash with Israel’s number 1 Veronica Zvik.
“The first set was very tight but I got a breakthrough in the end and in the second set I got a bit more rhythm, I wasn’t scared to hit the ball anymore. I look forward to the final against Veronica,” added Venter.
Zvik celebrated her 31st birthday by beating Mabel Mankgele in a hard-fought three-setter to advance into the finals.
The Israeli second seed ended the unseeded Mankgele’s hope of reaching the final with a 7-6(6) 5-7 6-3.
“It’s my first time in South Africa and my birthday today, so this is the best gift. I look forward to the final and I plan to give it my all,” commented Zvik.
In the men’s event, top seed and South African number 2 Leon Els and second seed Alwande Skhosana set up a mouthwatering men's singles final in Jabavu after registering easy victories in the semifinals.
Defending champion Els, seeking a 5th Soweto Open crown at Arthur Ashe, saw off compatriot Thato Tsomole 6-4 6-0.
South African top junior Skhosana raced through to the final in just over an hour against compatriot Donald Ramphadi.
Skhosana booked his first Soweto Open final by overtaking third seed Ramphadi in a stunning 6-3 6-0 in just an hour victory.
The 16-year-old conserved his energy, dismissing powerful-serving Ramphadi in straight sets to beat him in their first encounter.
“I am very excited that I managed to reach my first Soweto Open final. This is HUGE for me and I will fight the best I can against Leon Els,” said Skhosana.