RAMPHADI EASES INTO QUARTER-FINAL ROUND IN ITALY
South African promising wheelchair tennis player Donald Ramphadi eased into the quarter-final round of the Sardinia Open in Italy on Tuesday with a straight sets win over Boriva Ivano (ITA).
The 25-year-old Ramphadi who is playing in his second tournament since his classification as a quad player earlier this year, had little problems making his way into the last eight at Tennis Club Alghero dismissing the 55-year-old Italian 6-0 6-1.
“Today’s match was great, I applied everything I was working on back at home and it worked. I was playing Boriva for the first time today, he is a good player, but he was just giving me straight balls and I used that to my advantage,” said Ramphadi.
The big-serving Ramphadi took control from the outset and says he plans to approach tomorrow’s match the same way.
“I was playing my best game today and will definitely carry the same attitude into tomorrow’s match against James Shaw,” added Ramphadi.
Ramphadi cleared the first hurdle in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) 1 tournament, but the Limpopo native anticipates a quarter-final round whopper against the fourth seed and world number 15 James Shaw from Britain on Wednesday for a place in the last four.
“James Shaw seems like an experienced player, so tomorrow is definitely not going to be easy but I am ready to face him.
Quad ace Lucas Sithole and the country’s top ranked women’s player Kgothatso Montjane will open their campaigns on Wednesday against Sam Schröder from the Netherlands and Ribeaud Annabelle from Switzerland respectively.