Zoë Kruger has stormed into the quarter-finals of the ITF $25,000 World Tour Ilana Kloss event at the North-West University, beating third seed, Bibiane Schoofs, in straight sets on Thursday in Potchefstroom.
The 18-year-old dominated her opponent for much of the match, and while the opening set seemed very competitive, the South African wildcard eventually took it 6-4.
Kruger served out the set and the contest soon became one-sided, with Schoofs getting just one game on the board as she went down 6-1 in the second.
Kruger will next face unseeded Hungarian Anna Bondar for a place in the semi-final of the ITF $25,000 World Tour event.
“My match today was really tough, luckily it wasn’t as long as my previous matches, but I still had to fight to get through it,” Zoë Kruger Ilana Kloss Quarter-Finalist
“The opponent I played was a bit older than I am, and she was really, really tough, and very nice as well. We respected each other on court, and I think it was a great match.
Zoë’s sister, Isabella’s good run in the Ilana Kloss International ended in the second round after falling to fourth seed Reka-Luca Jani of Hungary 6-3 6-1.
Joining Kruger in the quarterfinal round, will be Dutch top seed Lesley Kerkhove who eased past Sada Nahimana of Burundi 6-3, 6-1.
Spanish sixth seed Nuria Parrizas-Dias also advanced after eliminating Joanne Zuger of Switzerland 7-6(5) 6-1.
Russian Ekaterina Makarova booked her spot following a straight sets 6-1 6-3 victory over Jodie Burrage of Britain.
Day 3 Singles Results at the Ilana Kloss International, a Women’s ITF $25,000 World Tour Round of 32 Results at the North-West University in Potchefstroom:
 Lesley Kerkhove (NED) bt Sada Nahimana (BDI) 6-3 6-1
Jesika Maleckova (CZE) vs  Eva Alvarez (ESP)
Zoë Kruger (RSA) bt  Bibiane Schoofs (NED) 6-4 6-1
Gabriela Ce (BRA) vs Anna Bondar (HUN)
 Nuria Parrizas-Diaz (ESP) vs Joanne Zuger (SUI)
 Reka-Luca Jani (HUN) bt Isabella Kruger (RSA) 6-3 6-1
 Anastasia Gasanova (RUS) vs Carolina Meligeni Rodrigues Alves (BRA)
Jodie Anna Burrage (GBR) bt Ekaterina Makarovan (RUS) 6-1 6-3
Day 2 Singles Results at the Ilana Kloss International, a Women’s ITF $25,000 World Tour Round of 32 Results at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, on Wednesday 10 February, 2021:
 Nuria Parrizas-Diaz (ESP) bt Mirjam Bjorklund (SWE) 4-6 6-3 6-4
Joanne Zuger (SUI) bt Ksenia Laskutova (RUS) 6-3 6-3
Isabella Kruger (RSA) bt Suzanie Pretorius (RSA) 6-1 6-1
 Reka-Luca Jani (HUN) bt Eliessa Vanlangendonck 6-2 6-0
 Anastasia Gasanova (RUS) bt Sandra Samir 2-6 6-2 6-3
Carolina Meligeni Rodrigues Alves (BRA) bt Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 6-7(8) 6-3 7-5
Ekaterina Makarovan (RUS) bt Anastasia Zakharova 6-2 4-6 6-1
Jodie Anna Burrage (GBR) bt  Marina Melnikova (RUS) 7-6(5) 6-2
Day 1 Results on Tuesday, 9 February, 2021:
 Lesley Kerkhove (NED) bt Miriam Kolodziejova (CZE) 7-6(2) 6-2
Sada Nahimana (BDI) bt Dejana Radanovic (SRB) 6-2 7-6(6)
Jesika Maleckova (CZE) bt Irina Fetecau (ROU) 7-6(2) 6-2
 Eva Alvarez (ESP) bt [WC] Chanel Simmonds (RSA) 7-6(5) 6-4
 Bibiane Schoofs (NED) bt [WC] Delien Kleinhans (RSA) 6-0 3-6 7-5
Zoë Kruger (RSA) bt Carol Zhao (CAN) 4-6 6-4 6-4
Gabriela Ce (BRA) bt Kathinka von Deichmann (LIE) 4-6 6-3 6-0
Anna Bondar (HUN) bt  Victoria Kan (RUS) 6-3 6-4
Photo 1 Caption: South Africa’s Zoë Kruger in action in the Ilana Kloss International at the North-West University in Potchefstroom on Thursday. Kruger beat Dutch no.3 seed  Bibiane Schoofs (NED) to progress to the quarter-finals, the sole remaining South African after her 15-year old sister Isabella bowed out 6-3 6-1 to Hungary’s no.4 seed Reka-Luca Jani. Image: Picture Café / Barco Greeff
With editing by gsport