Junior No.1 Venter to Challenge SA No.1 Montjane in Joburg Open Semis

Junior No.1 Venter to Challenge SA No.1 Montjane in Joburg Open Semis

Top seed Kgothatso Montjane remained on course after powering past Mabel Mankgele to advance to the semi-final round of the Joburg Open at Arthur Ashe Tennis Center in Soweto, on Monday.

The country’s leading player and world number 8 Montjane lived up to the crowds’ expectation as she pulled off a sensation victory over country-girl Mabel Mankgele 6-0 6-0.

Montjane will face former world number 1 junior Mariska Venter in Tuesday’s semi-final round, after the young player continued her purple patch, eliminating Nonkanyiso Nyosi 6-1 6-0.

“Great match today against Nonkanyiso, I played my best game,” commented Venter. “It is not going to be easy playing Kgothatso Montjane in the semi-final tomorrow but I will bring out my best.

“KG is ranked number 8 and has more experience, but I am very excited to see the outcome of our match tomorrow,” added Venter.

In the other women’s quarter-final match, Switzerland’s number 1 Nalani Buob powered past Kwazulu-Natal’s Nokwanda Hlongwane 6-0 6-1, and will face fourth-seeded Veronica Zvik from Israel for a place in the last two.

“I am looking forward to play Veronica tomorrow. It will be our first meeting ever, so it is going to be a little bit tricky. I have watched her play today against Nokwanda, and (I am) still trying to come up with a game plan,” said Buob.

Zvik booked her spot in the semi-final by defeating South Africa’s Simpiwe Manqele 6-0 6-0. The 31-year-old didn’t waste much time and prevented Manqele from winning any game.

 

Joburg Open Quarter-Finals at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Soweto, on 3 July, 2017:
1-Kgothatso Montjane bt Mabel Mankgele 6-0 6-0
2-Nalani Buob (SUI) bt Nokwanda Hlongwane 6-0 6-1
3-Mariska Venter bt Nyosi Nonkanyiso 6-1 6-0
4-Veronica Zvik (ISR) bt Simpiwe Manqele 6-0 6-0

 

Photo 1 caption: SA Junior No. 1 Mariska Venter (pictured) has steadily risen through the ranks in the past year, and faces a test of her readiness for the big stage against SA no. 1 KG Montjane in Tuesday’s Joburg Open’s semifinals, after both players easily progressed through their Monday ties at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Soweto. Photo: Reg Caldecott

Photo 2 caption: Mariska Venter and KG Montjane (pictured) both progressed easily through their Monday ties, at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Soweto. Photo: Reg Caldecott

 

With editing by gsport

 

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