South Africa’s leading player and defending champion Kgothatso Montjane breezed past compatriot Mabel Mankgele 6-1, 6-0 at the SA Spring Open at Ellis Park tennis courts in Johannesburg on Thursday.
Dutch top seed Jiske Griffieon dispatched Nokwanda Hlongwane 6-0, 6-0.
Tournament third-seed Mariska Venter also advanced to the last four, needing only an hour to get past Nosipho Hlatswayo 6-1, 6-1. Venter will face Wimbledon finalist Montjane in the semi-finals on Friday.
Meanwhile, South African stars, Zoe Kruger and Channel Simmonds suffered misfortune in their matches. Kruger lost in two tough sets 7-5, 7-5 to France’s Tessah Andrianjafitrimo.
Simmonds, who was trailing 2-6, retired hurt in her match against Russia’s Alina Charaeva.
Women’s Singles Second Round Results:
2-Tessah Andrianjafitrimo (FRA) bt Zoë Kruger (RSA) 7-5, 7-5
4-Richel Hogenkamp (NED) bt Shiho Akita (JPN) 6-1, 6-3
8-Joanne Zuger (SUI) bt Eva Lys (GER) Walkover
Alina Charaeva (RUS) bt Chanel Simmonds (RSA) 2-6 (Simmonds retired)
Valeria Bhunu (ZIM) bt Suzan Lamens (NED) 6-3, 6-1
Elizabeth Mandlik (USA) bt Eva Vedder (NED) 7-6(7)
Jacqueline Cabaj Awad (SWE) bt Amina Anshiba (RUS) 6-2, 7-6 (3)
Matilda Mutavdzic (GBR) bt Jenny Duerst (SUI) 6-2 7-6 (5)
Women’s Wheelchair Tennis Quarterfinal Round:
1-Kgotahtso Montjane (RSA) bt Mabel Mankgele (RSA) 6-1, 6-0
2-Jiske Griffieon (NED) bt Nokwanda Hlongwane (RSA) 6-0, 6-0
3-Mariska Venter (RSA) bt Nosipho Hlatswayo (RSA) 6-1, 6-1
Ntsuku Ndlovu (RSA) bt Emihle Mbotho (RSA) 7-5, 5-7, 6-2
Photo 1 Caption: SA no.1 Wheelchair Tennis player Kgotahtso Montjane advanced through the SA Spring Open semi-finals against tournament no. 3, Mariska Venter after a clinical defeat of Mabel Mankgele. Photo: Tennis SA / Picture Café
With editing by gsport