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Wins for top seeds Scholtz and Simmonds

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Both top seeds are safely through to the quarter-finals of the Digicall Futures 1 tennis tournament being played in Stellenbosch.

All matches are played on the Coetzenburg courts of the Stellenbosch University.

South Africa’s Nik Scholtz, men’s top seed, had no trouble dispatching Canadian Alexander Day in just over an hour – 6-1 6-4. The Canadian tried to take control of the second set and at one stage led 3-0, but Scholtz kept his cool and focus and before Day knew it Scholtz was back and winning the second set and match.

Top seeded woman’s player Chanel Simmonds had a small scare when qualifier Lou Adler from France forced her to go to three sets, but like her South African counterpart Simmonds kept her cool and made easy work of the final set to win 7-6 3-6 6-2.

After surprising everyone with great victories in the first round South African wildcard Siphosothando Montsi (18) was stopped in his tracks by big Frenchman Tom Jomby. The younger Montsi brother Kholo (15) reached the second round.

Various seeded players didn’t make the quarter-finals including the third seed Julyette Maria Josephine Steur from Germany who lost a titanic battle against unseeded Nina Stadler from Swittzerland.

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Meanwhile, rising star, Kholo Montsi gained his first ATP World Tour ranking point after beating Canadian,Riaan Du Toit 6-3 6-7 (2) 6-1.

Montsi, who has only just turned 15, is one of the country’s most talented juniors and was recently named in the 2018 Tennis South Africa Junior National Squad programme and also won the boy’s under 16 category at the 2017 Growthpoint Junior Masters.

‘Firstly, it feels good to have won against an older player (Riaan). That made me aware that I’m now able to compete against players older than me — which then resulted in my first ATP ranking point,’ said Montsi.

‘I never thought I would get my first ATP point at my very first ITF Futures in South Africa – at only 15 years of age. And having my family with me to experience this moment was just the cherry on top!” he concluded.

Montsi looks up to his brother and fellow elite tennis junior, Siphosothando (18), who was part of the Davis Cup squad earlier this year and represented South Africa at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.

Pictures of Scholtz and Kholo Montsi courtesy of Eunice Visagie

RESULTS

Men
FIRST ROUND: Leny Mitjana (FRA, 4) bt Frederik Press (GER) 7-5 7-5; Quentin Robert (REU) bt George Von Massow (GER, 5) 4-6 6-1 6-3

SECOND ROUND: Nik Scholtz (RSA, 1) bt Alexander Day (CAN) 6-1 6-4; Gary Kushnirovich (USA) bt Jaime Pulgar-Garcia (ESP, 7) 6-2 6-2; Tom Jomby (FRA) bt Siphosothando Montsi (RSA) 6-3 6-2; Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM, 2) bt Lucas Renard (SWE) 6-3 6-2; Benjamin Lock (ZIM, 3) bt Loic Ratsaratany (FRA) 6-3 6-4

Women
SECOND ROUND: Mana Ayukawa (JPN, 5) bt Oleksandra Piskun (UKR) 7-5 6-1; Anastasia Pribylova (RUS, 2) bt Lara Salden (BEL) 6-2 6-3; Chanel Simmonds (RSA, 1) bt Lou Adler (FRA) 7-6 (9/7) 3-6, 6-2; Leonie Kung (SUI, 4) bt Salma Ewing (USA); Anna Pribylova (RUS, 8) bt Marlies Szuppper (AUT) 6-2 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/4); Nina Stadler (SUI) bt Julyette Maria Josephine Steur (GER, 3) 3-6 6-4, 6-0; Petra Januskova (CAN) bt Valeria Bhunu (Zim, 7) 7-6 (7/4) 6-1


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