Soweto Open Action Hots Up for QF Berths

by | May 8, 2013

Tournament third seed Tadeja Majeric (Slovakia) on her way to beating South Africa’s Lynn Kiro in straight sets, on the second day of the Soweto Tennis Open being played at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Jabavu, Soweto. Majeric won 6-0 6-2. Photo: Reg Caldecott

Lynn Kiro was the only South African in singles action at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex in Jabavu, Soweto on Tuesday, but she came up against the in-form third seed Tadeja Majeric of Slovenia, who was ruthless in her onslaught and gave little hope to Kiro, eliminating the South African 6-0 6-2.

Lynn Kiro in action against Tadeja Majeric on Day 2 of the Soweto Tennis Open in Jabavu, Soweto. “It was tough playing out there today,” said Kiro after the match, having realised that she’d used the wrong tactics against her more experienced opponent. Despite playing better in the second set, Kiro was eliminated by Majeric in straight sets. Photo: Reg Caldecott“It was tough playing out there today,” said Kiro. “I was nervous and just came up against a better player in Tadeja. Playing Tadeja, I could see she had a ton of experience compared to me, and I used the wrong tactics. When I changed my tactical approach in the second set I felt better, but it was too late,” said Kiro.

Like Majeric, the $50,000 tournament’s seeded players enjoyed another good day on Tuesday, and at the end of Tuesday’s play, none of the seeds had stumbled out the tournament.

Top women seed, Timea Babos was in devastating form on court today (Tuesday). The Hungarian needed only 55 minutes to dispose of Karen Shlomo of Israel 6-1 6-2, to move into round two of the international event being played at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex.

Right after her victory, Babos went straight back onto the practise court for a solid two-hour session, as she felt she had not been extended in her opener, and needed to work on her serve and returns, in order to be well-prepared for her Wednesday clash against Turkey’s Pemra Ozgen.

Soweto Open top seed Timea Babos in action against Israel’s Keren Shlomo in their first-round match in Tuesday’s action at the Soweto Tennis Open. Like the other tournament seeds, Babos had no trouble winning 6-1 6-2 to progress through to the second round. Photo: Reg CaldecottRanked 114 in world tennis, Babos was ranked as high as 59 in the world last year in August, before an arm injury forced her out of the game for over two months, and she is hungry to work her way back into the top 100.

“I am very happy coming to play in South Africa. I love the altitude and hard courts, and the Soweto courts suite my game. It’s important I do well here as I need the points to get into the top 100, and automatically qualify for Wimbledon.”

The Soweto Open is the last tournament on the international calendar where players can accumulate points to count towards Wimbledon qualification.

Nadiya Kichenok of the Ukraine lost only two games in beating American Alexandra Riley. Zuzana Zlochova of Slovakia also cruised through to round two, beating Nicole Rottmann of Austria 6-3 6-2. Kichenok will now face Zlochova in round 2 on Wednesday.

Other Tuesday winners included sixth seed Jovana Jaksic of Serbia, seven seed Samantha Murray of Great Britain, eighth seed Magda Linette of Poland, Jade Windley of Great Britain and American Nicole Melichar.

Three South African’s will be in action on Wednesday in round two, with SA number 2 and tournament fifth seed Chanel Simmonds facing her friend, training partner and compatriot, Natasha Fourouclas, whilst wild-card Madrie le Roux will have to pull out all the stops in her battle against Britain’s Samantha Murray, seeded 7.

Second round play at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex starts at 10h00 on Wednesday. Entry is free, and for directions to the Complex go to


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 Wednesday, 8 May, 2013:
Centre Court 10:00 start:
Madrie le Roux (RSA) vs 7-Samantha Murray (GBR)
5-Chanel Simmonds (RSA) vs Natasha Fourouclas (RSA)
Not before 14:00:
Claudia Coppola (Ita)/Marli van Heerden (RSA) vs Laura Pigossi (Bra)/Zuzana Zlochova (Svk)
Not before 15:30:
1-Magda Linette (Pol)/Chanel Simmonds (RSA) vs Tadeja Majeric (Slo)/Karen Shlomo (Isr)
Court 2 start 10:00:
1-Timea Babos (Hun) vs Pemra Ozgen (Tur)
Nicole Melichar (USA) vs 2-Julia Glushko
Not before 14:00:
3-Teodora Mircic (Srb)/Pemra Ozgen (Tur) vs Lynn Kiro (RSA)/Nathalia Rossi (Bra)
Not before 15:30:
Samantha Murray/Jade Windley (GBR) vs 2-Basak Eraydin (Tur)/Julia Glushko (Isr)
Court 3 start 10:00:
Teodora Mircic (Srb) vs 6-Jovana Jaksic (Srb)
3-Tadeja Majeric (Slo) vs Justyna Jegiolka (Pol)
Court 4 start 11:00:
Zuzana Zlochova (Svk) vs 4-Nadiya Kichenok (Ukr)
8-Magda Linette (Pol) vs Jade Windley (GBR)


(With editing by gsport)


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