Simmonds Makes South African Tennis History

by | May 10, 2013

Chanel Simmonds is a picture of concentration in action against Julia Glushko, in the quarterfinals of the Soweto Tennis Open on Thursday, advancing in straight sets 7-5 6-0 as the first South African woman in history to contend the Soweto Open Semi-finals, against Nadiya Kichenok (Ukr) at 10:30am, at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Jabavu, Soweto. Photo: Reg Caldecott

South Africa’s Chanel Simmonds outwitted the No 2 seed Julia Glushko to book her spot in the semi-finals of the Soweto Open at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre on Thursday.

Simmonds ensured the country’s hopes remain alive by keeping her nerve in what was a rather tumultuous affair in the opening match on centre court, advancing in straight sets 7-5 6-0.

Timea Babos the top seed of Hungary in action against Samantha Murray (GBR) in the quarterfinals on the fourth day of the Soweto Tennis Open being played at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Jabavu, Soweto. Babos won 5-7 6-3 6-0. Photo: Reg CaldecottWith each player breaking serve at least twice during the opening set, it was the South African who hung on to clinch the final three games and more importantly, all the momentum with Glushko reaching new lows.

“The first set was very up and down and I think I got in her head because she seemed very uneasy and lost a lot of patience,” said the World No 181 and fifth seed.

“So I think in the second set, she was just swinging and trying to hit winners off the second ball to I just tried to keep it in and hit five, six balls knowing she’d miss, so I think that was the difference.”

After clinching the opening set in just under an hour, Simmonds needed only 20 minutes to wrap up the match, staying composed throughout.

“It is tough because it can be so up and down – I can win and lose my serve to love – so it’s just a matter of keeping calm and trying to concentrate during every point especially when it’s 4-4 or 5-5 and it comes down to one or two points,” she explained.

Nadiya Kichenok the 4th seed of the Ukraine in action against Jade Windley (GBR) in the quarterfinals on the fourth day of the Soweto Tennis Open being played at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Jabavu, Soweto. Kichenok won 2-6 6-1 6-1. Photo: Reg CaldecottShe will next play Nadiya Kichenok from the Ukraine who didn’t have it all her own way against Great Britain’s Jade Windley but eventually stamped her authority on the match, coming back to win 1-6, 6-2 6-2.

“I started a bit slow, wasn’t moving good and that’s why I made so many mistakes. So I tried to stick to my game plan, be focused and move around a bit better and it started working,” said Kichenok, who is relishing the chance to deny Simmonds a place in Saturday’s final.

“I’m looking forward to our match because last time I lost against her and I know what to do this time so hopefully it will work,” said Kichenok, who is nine places above Simmonds in the world rankings at No 172.

Meanwhile, Serbia’s Teodora Mircic downed yet another seed as she continued her march into the last-four, this time over No 3 seed Tadeja Majeric, 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 and will come up against Hungary’s Timea Babos who ended Great Britain’s Samantha Murray’s run in three sets.

The top-seed bounced back to take the match 5-7 6-3 6-0, in a battle that lasted one hour and 56 minutes.


Singles Results on Day 4 of the Soweto Open, at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex in Jabavu, Soweto on Thursday, 9 May, 2013:
Teodora Mircic (Srb) bt 3-Tadeja Majeric (Slo) 5-7 6-1 7-5
1-Timea Babos (Hun) bt 7-Samantha Murray (GBR) 5-7 6-3 6-0
4-Nadiya Kichenok (Ukr) bt Jade Windley (GBR) 2-6 6-1 6-1
5-Chanel Simmonds (RSA) bt 2-Julia Glushko (Isr) 7-5 6-0
Doubles Semi-Finals:
1-Magda Linette (Pol)/Chanel Simmonds (RSA) bt 3-Teodora Mircic (Srb)/Pemra Ozgen (Tur) 6-3 6-4
Samantha Murray/Jade Windley (GBR) bt Laura Pigossi (Bra)/Zuzana Zlochova (Svk) 6-3 4-6 [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][10-6]
Singles Results on Day 3 of the Soweto Open, at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex in Jabavu, Soweto on Wednesday, 8 May, 2013:
7-Samantha Murray (GBR) bt Madrie Le Roux (RSA) 6-0 6-1
3-Tadeja Majeric (Slo) bt Justyna Jegiolka (Pol) 6-1 6-3
Teodora Mircic (Srb) bt 6-Jovana Jaksic (Srb) 2-6 6-1 6-2
1-Timea Babos (Hun) bt Pemra Ozgen (Tur) 6-2 4-6 6-1
4-Nadiya Kichenok (Ukr) bt Zuzana Zlochova (Svk) 6-1 6-3
5-Chanel Simmonds (RSA) bt Natasha Fourouclas (RSA) 6-3 6-2
2-Julia Glushko (Isr) bt Nicole Melichar (USA) 6-3 6-3
Jade Windley (GBR) bt 8-Magda Linette (Pol) 0-6 6-4 6-4
Doubles Quarter Finals:
1-Magda Linette (Pol)/Chanel Simmonds (RSA) bt Tadeja Majeric (Slo)/Keren Shlomo (Isr) 6-1 6-2
Samantha Murray/Jade Windley (GBR) bt 2-Basak Eraydin (Tur)/Julia Glushko (Isr) 6-4 4-6 10-5 MTB
Laura Pigossi (Bra)/Zuzana Zlochova (Svk) bt Claudia Coppola (Ita)/Marli Van Heerden (RSA) 6-3 6-3
3-Teodora Mircic (Srb)/Pemra Ozgen (Tur) bt Lynn Kiro (RSA)/Nathalia Rossi (Bra) 6-2 6-2
Singles Results on Day 2 of the Soweto Open, at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex in Jabavu, Soweto on Tuesday, 7 May, 2013:
3-Tadeja Majeric (Slo) bt Lynn Kiro (RSA) 6-0 6-2
6-Jovana Jaksic (Srb) bt Laura Pigossi (Bra) 6-3 6-3
8-Magda Linette (Pol) bt Basek Eraydin (Tur) 7-5 6-1
1-Timea Babos (Hun) bt Karen Shlomo (Isr) 6-1 6-2
4-Nadiya Kichenok (Ukr) bt Alexandra Riley (USA) 6-2 6-0
Zuzana Zlochova (Svk) bt Nicole Rottmann (Aut) 6-3 6-2
Nicole Melichar (USA) bt Claudia Coppola (Ita) 6-0 6-3
Jade Windley (GBR) bt Ani Vangelova (Bul) 6-2 7-6 (4)
Justyna Jegiolka (Pol) bt Nathalia Rossi (Bra) 4-6 6-4 6-2
1-Magda Linette (Pol)/Chanel Simmonds (RSA) bt Justyna Jegiolka (Pol)/Alexandra Riley (USA) 6-1 6-1
2-Basak Eraydin (Tur)/Julia Glushko (Isr) bt Ilze Hattingh/Madrie le Roux (RSA) 6-4 6-4
Laura Pigossi (Bra)/Zuzana Zlochova (Svk) bt 4-Nadiya Kichenok (Ukr)/Margarita Lazareva (Rus) 6-3 5-7 (11-9 MTB)
Tadeja Majeric (Slo)/Keren Shlomo (Isr) bt Zanmarie Pienaar/Jeanna Schmidt (RSA) 6-1 6-4
Lynn Kiro (RSA)/Nathalia Rossi (Bra) bt Kim-Alice Grajdek (Ger)/Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) 6-3 (Grajdek retired injured leg)
Samantha Murray/Jade Windley (GBR) bt Nicole Melichar (USA)/Melis Sezer (Tur) 6-4 5-7 (12-10 MTB)
Singles First Round Results on Day One of the Soweto Open, at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex in Jabavu, Soweto on Monday, 6 May, 2013:
Madrie le Roux (RSA) bt Fadza Mawisire (Zim) 7-5 6-1
Pemra Ozgen (Tur) bt Margarita Lazareva (Rus) 6-3 6-1
Teodora Mirmic (Srb) bt Zanmarie Pienaar (RSA) 6-0 6-2
Samantha Murray (GBR) bt Emily Webley-Smith (BGR) 6-1 (Webley-Smith retired foot injury)
Natasha Fourouclas (RSA) bt Kim-Alice Grajdek (Ger) 6-7 (11) 6-2 6-0
2-Julia Glushko (Isr) bt Melis Sezer (Tur) 6-2 6-7 (1) 6-2
3-Teodora Mircic (Serb)/Pemra Ozgen (Tur) bt Nicole Dzenga (Zim)/Vanja Klaric (Srb) 6-0 6-0
Claudia Coppola (Ita)/Marli Van Heerden (RSA) bt Shannon Cox/Caitlin Herb (GBR) 6-3 7-6
Order of Play on Friday, 10 May, 2013:
Centre Court start 10:30:
5-Chanel Simmonds (RSA) vs 4-Nadiya Kichenok (Ukr)
1-Timea Babos (Hun) vs Teodora Mircic (Srb)
1-Magda Linette (Pol)/Chanel Simmonds (RSA) vs Samantha Murray/Jade Windley (GBR)


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