The seeded players battled on court at Sun City in round two of the Sun City Futures 2 on Wednesday, with women’s singles top seed Chanel Simmonds in devastating form – losing only one game in her 56-minute 6-0 6-1 whipping of fellow countrywoman Caitlin Herb.
Simmonds now plays Pretoria junior, Ilze Hattingh, who was a 6-2 6-2 winner over fellow South African junior, Zani Barnard.
After a great day on Tuesday for the Barnard twins, Wednesday proved dooms day for the sisters, when Lee Barnard joined her sister on the sidelines after being beaten 3-6 3-6 by unseeded South African Lenice van Eyk, who has reached her first Futures quarter final berth.
On Thursday, van Eyk will play second seeded Clothilde De Bernardi of France who battled past Ani Vangelova 6-4 7-5.
Natasha Fourouclas (RSA), last week’s Futures 1 finalist, seeded four this week had no trouble against Nadine De Villiers (RSA) winning 6-2 6-1 and now will meet seventh seeded American Stephanie Kent for a place in the quarter-finals.
Third seeded Madrie le Roux (RSA) had to come from behind to beat unseeded Vanja Klaric of Serbia 2-6 7-5 6-3. Klaric, a surprise semifinalist last week is a good friend of Le Roux as they both train out of the Riaan Venter Tennis Academy at NWU-PUKKE in Potchefstroom.
Coach of both Le Roux and Klaric, Riaan Venter said watching his charges play against each other was a “nerve wracking affair”.
“It’s never easy sitting on the sidelines watch your players battle against each other. Vanja played a great game, handles the pace from Madrie well and positioned herself smartly today. Madrie was forced after losing the first set to play smarter, slow the ball down and vary the pace which rattled Vanja as she likes to play with the pace of her opponent.”
Le Roux will play “giant-killer” Nicole Dzenga of Zimbabwe for a place in the last four.
Results of Round 2 Singles at the Sun City Futures 2 played at Sun City, North West Province on Wednesday, 4 June, 2014: 1-Chanel Simmonds (RSA) bt Caitlin Herb (RSA) 6-0 6-1 4-Natasha Fourouclas (RSA) bt Nadine de Villiers (RSA) 6-2 6-1 7-Stephanie Kent (USA) bt Samantha Koelliker (Sui) 7-5 6-0 2-Clothilde De Bernardi (Fra) bt Ani Vangelova (Bul) 6-4 7-5 Ilze Hattingh (RSA) bt Zani Barnard (RSA) 6-2 6-2 Lenice van Eyk (RSA) bt Lee Barnard (RSA) 6-3 6-3 Nicole Dzenga (Zim) bt Michelle Erasmus (RSA) 6-0 6-0 3-Madrie le Roux (RSA) bt Vanja Klaric (Srb) 2-6 7-5 6-3 Results of the Doubles Round 1: 1-Michelle Sammons/Chanel Simmonds (RSA) bt Lee Barnard/Zani Barnard (RSA) 6-3 6-1 Warona Mdlulwa/Lenice van Eyk (RSA) w/o Amelie Intert (Ger)/Janet Koch (RSA) (Intert and Koch no show) 4-Ilze Hattingh/Madrie le Roux (RSA) bt Valeria Bhunu/Nicole Dzenga (Zim) 7-6 (2) 6-0 Natasha Fourouclas (RSA)/Vanja Klaric (Srb) bt Shannon Cox (RSA)/Liniques Theron (Nam) 7-6 (2) 6-0 Marisa Gianotti (Aus)/Chelsea Te Tai (Nzl) bt Ciney Bekker (RSA)/Anais Gomar Isart (Esp) 7-6 (4) 6-2 3-Alexandra Riley (USA)/Ani Vangelova (Bul) bt Katie Poluta/Jade Pondicas (RSA) 6-2 6-2 Caitlin Herb/Jeanna Schmidt (RSA) bt Maria Knott (Aus)/Casey Robinson (USA) 7-5 1-6 10-7 2-Agata Baranska (Pol)/Stephanie Kent (USA) bt Lindsay Truscott/Nelise Verster (RSA) 6-2 6-1
Main Photo Caption: Natasha Fourouclas of South Africa in action in round 2 of the Sun City Futures 2 being played in the North West Province. Fourouclas beat fellow South African unseeded Nadine de Villiers 6-2 6-1 to move to the quarterfinals to be played on Thursday. Photo: BLD Communications.
(With editing by gsport)