The top seeds in both the women’s sections of the SA National Squash Championships – Siyoli Waters and Milnay Louw – moved confidently into the semi-finals when the quarterfinals were completed at the Wanderers Squash Club on Wednesday evening.
Waters, the consulate professional that she is, made sure to win the first two games against the competitive challenger Makgosi Peloakgosi, and went on to a comfortable third game win to register a straight game win.
Despite the loss, Northerns player Peloakgosi (Northerns), was far from overawed by her first appearance in the Senior quarterfinals, and unleashing some hard tight drives and cunning drops which had Waters on the run.
Waters – winner in 2013 and 2014 – now meets former UJ student Elani Landman, seeded 5/8, who caused the upset defeating defending champion Alexandra Fuller in a tough four games encounter.
Fuller won the first game 11-9 in 9 minutes. Points seesawed in the second game before Landman won it on her first game point also at 11-9. The third game was one way traffic as Landman marched through at 11-4.
Returning to the court after the compulsory break a determined Fuller cruised to an 8-1 lead. Landman moved her game up a gear and won 10 consecutive points to pocket the match, and a place in her first senior national semi-final
Landman’s twin Lume, also seeded 5/8 and the winner of a recent tournament in Reunion, had no answers for last year’s runner-up Cheyna Tucker, bowing out in straight games 6-11, 9-11 and 6-11.
Second seed Milnay Louw was always in command in her straight game win over Alexa Pienaar also winning in straight games.
SA National Squash Championships Women’s Semifinal line-up at the Wanderers Club, Johannesburg on Thursday, 30 June, 2016:
17h30: Milnay Louw vs Cheyna Tucker
19h00: Siyoli Waters vs Elani Landman
Women’s 3rd Round Results at the SA National Squash Championships, at the Wanderers Squash Club in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 29 June 2016:
1- Siyoli Waters (WP) bt 9/12 Makgosi Peloakgosi (N) 11-7 11-9 11-2
5/8 Elani Landman (EP) bt 3/4 Alexandra Fuller (WP) 11-9 8-11 11-4 -8
3/4 Cheyna Tucker (CG) bt 5/8 Lume Landman (CG) 11-6 11-9 11-6
2- Milnay Louw (N) bt 5/8 Alexa Pienaar (SWD) 11-2 11-5 11-5
Photo 1 caption: SA no. 1 squash player Siyoli Waters pictured on set of the SABC’s Sport at 10 show on Wednesday evening, after beating Makgosi Peloakgosi in straight sets to reach the SA National Squash Championships semi-finals, at the Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg, on Wednesday 29 June, 2016. Photo: Thomas Mlambo
With editing by gsport