South Africa’s last hopeful for tennis glory at the Ilana Kloss International at the North-West University Potchefstroom Campus, Chanel Simmonds, was knocked out at the quarter-final stage today (Friday, 6 March).
This is after a long tussle with number one seed, Samantha Murray Sharan of Great Britain in the sweltering sun at the prestigious $25 000 ITF World Tour event.
This gruelling match lasted 2 hours and 42 minutes with Great Britain’s Samantha Sharan booking her place in the semi-final tomorrow with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 win.
The 32-year-old Sharan used all of her experience against SA’s 27-year old Simmonds in a classy display. She came back a set down and proceeded to gain a second breath of air when she needed it the most. Simmonds can duly be proud of the fight she showed on court especially after taking honours in a tight first set. Her opponent’s strong serve and stamina eventually curtailed the South African.
Joining Murray Sharan in the semi-finals will be Isreal’s, Deniz Khazaniuk, Katy Dunne of Great Britain, and second seed Marina Melnikova from Russia. According to form Melnikova is one of the favourites for the title. She ruthlessly disposed of fellow Russian, Daria Mishina (6-4, 6-0) to reach the last four.
Singles Ilana Kloss International Quarter-Final Results:
Samantha Murray Sharan (GBR)  bt Chanel Simmonds (RSA)  6-7 6-2 6-3
Marina Melnikova  (RUS) bt Daria Mishina (RUS) 6-4 6-0
Deniz Khazaniuk (ISR)  bt Amandine Hesse (FRA)  7-6 6-2
Katy Dunne (GBR) bt Joanne Zuger (SUI) 1-6 6-4 6-2
Photo 1 Caption: South African tennis star, Chanel Simmonds bowed out of the Ilana Kloss International in the quarter-final round on Friday, 6 March 2020. Photo: PictureCafe
With editing by gsport