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Assore Baldwin Gauteng Open 2018
15-20 Apr, Johannesburg, RSA, $5k

Finals: Brits & Fuller triumph

The men's final was a very closely contested match with points see-sawing between the players.

Martin Svec  managed to settle the nerves and gain firsst advantage by taking the first game. Jean-Pierre Brits  managed to claw his way back into the match by taking the second after being 5 – 7 down.

 In the third and fourth Brits managed to keep his composure and chased down every ball. This frustrated Svec and there were a lot of queries with the referees.

This distraction took his focus away from the match and in the fourth the long hard rasllies seemed to take their toll seeing him make a lot of unforced errors.

Jean-Piere said after the match, “I am thrilled to win this event at my home club. It is a first from my side.

"I decided before the match that I was not going to let any decisions distract me from my game plan and I did just that. I lept the rallies long and kept a good length.

"This resulted in Martin trying to go short too early and make mistakes especially in the 3rd and 4th games. I am looking forward to the next event in Cape Town."

The ladies event was very one sided. Alex Fuller played the ball deep and to a good length thereby not giving Milnay Louw a chance to get into the front to hit the low hard ball that favors her game.

Alex was very focused and onto the ball quickly thereby cutting out Louw’s recovery time.

Fuller said, “I am very happy with my performance tonight. I kept to my game plan of keeping Milnay in the back of the court and taking the ball as early as possible. It really paid off.

Gauteng Open 2018
15-20 Apr, Johannesburg, RSA, $5k
Round One
17 Apr 
18 Apr
19 Apr
20 Apr
[1] Martin Svec (Cze)
11/2, 11/8, 11/4 (26m)
Guhan Senthilkumar (Ind)
[1] Martin Svec

11/9, 8/11, 11/9, 9/11, 11/7 (70m)

[wc] Wayne Sithole
[1] Martin Svec

11/6, 11/9, 13/11 (36m)

[Q] Christo Potgiete

[1] Martin Svec


7/11, 11/7, 11/5, 11/8 (64m)


[Q] Jean-Pierre Brits

[6] Ben Coates (Eng)
11/9, 4/11, 11/2, 11/6 (41m)
[wc] Wayne Sithole (Rsa)
[5] Kyle Finch (Eng)
12/10, 12/10, 16/18, 11/5 (47m)
[Q] Dylan Groenwald (Rsa)
[Q] Dylan Groenwald

11/9, 11/3, 11/5 (34m)

[Q] Christo Potgieter
[3] Alex Noakes (Eng)
11/9, 11/7, 11/4 (38m)
[Q] Christo Potgieter (Rsa)
[Q] Karim Magdy (Egy)
11/6, 14/12, 11/6 (34m)
[4] Ondrej Uherka (Cze)
[Q] Karim Magdy

11/3, 11/9, 12/10, 11/5 (64m)

[7] Stuart Macgregor
[Q] Karim Magdy

13/11, 8/11, 4/11, 11/8, 11/8 (73m)

[Q] Jean-Pierre Brits

Ruan Oliver (Rsa)
11/3, 11/4, 11/4 (37m)
[7] Stuart Macgregor (Eng)
[Q] Jean-Pierre Brits (Rsa)
11/9, 11/7, 12/10 (33m)
[8] Blessing Muhwati (Zim)
[Q] Jean-Pierre Brits

11/4, 12/10, 11/6, 11/7 (33m)

[2] Abhay Singh
Adria Leanza (Usa)
11/5, 12/10, 11/7 (33m)
[2] Abhay Singh (Ind)

Jean-Pierre Brits (Rsa) 3-0 Kyle Maree (Rsa)                 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 (36m)
Christo Potgeiter (Rsa) 3-0 Hayden Worth (Rsa)              11-3, 11-2, 11-4 (21m)
Karim Magdy (Egy) 3-0 Alwyn Venter (Rsa)                    11-7, 11-9, 11-3 (37m)
Dylan Groenwald (Rsa) 3-1 Makhosonke Ntuli (Rsa)  13-11, 7-11, 11-7, 12-10 (49m)

Round One: J P Brits bt M Clayton 11-3 11-5 11-6, K Maree bt L Boyd 11-6 11-3 11-3 , H Worth bt T Turnock 11-9 12-10 11-9, C Potgieter bt G Kent 11-8 11-6 12-10, K Magdy (Egy) bt G Woodward 11-1 11-3 11-4, A Venter bt J van der Wath 11-7 11-9 11-8, M Ntuli bt JP van der Merwe 13-11 3-11 11-8 13-11, D Groenewald bt G Naidoo 11-5 7-11 11-7 11-8.
Gauteng Open 2018
15-20 Apr, Johannesburg, RSA, $5k
Round One
17 Apr
18 Apr
19 Apr
20 Apr
[1] Alexandra Fuller (Rsa)
11/5, 11/3, 11/3 (16m)
[Q] Kacey Leigh-Dodd (Rsa)
[1] Alexandra Fuller

11/0,11/5, 11/4 (18m)

Winifer Bonilla
[1] Alexandra Fuller

11/4, 11/5, 11/7 (26m)

Salma Youssef

[1] Alexandra Fuller


11/6, 11/5, 11/7 (27m)


[2] Milnay Louw

[5] Eva Feterkova (Cze)
11/9, 11/13, 11/7, 11/8 (444m)
Winifer Bonilla (Gua)
[6] Makgosi Peloakgosi (Rsa)
11/6, 11/3, 11/4 (16m)
Salma Youssef (Egy)
Salma Youssef

11/2, 7/11, 2/11, 11/5, 11/7 (47m)

[Q] Adel Sammons
[3] Jelena Dutina (Srb)
11/3, 14/12, 11/3b (26m)
[Q] Adel Sammons (Rsa)
[Q] Alexa Pienaar (Rsa)
9/11, 11/8, 11/2, 11/8 (42m)
[4] Nazihah Hanis (Mas)
[Q] Alexa Pienaar

11/9, 13/11, 11/8 (26m)

Cheyna Tucker
Cheyna Tucker

12/10, 11/7, 11/7 (34m)

[2] Milnay Louw

Cheyna Tucker (Rsa)
[8] Reem Youssef Kaisar (Syr)
Pabashe Sithole (Rsa)
12/10, 14/12, 15/13 (35m)
[7] Amy Jones (Eng)
[7] Amy Jones

11/3, 11/2, 11/1 (20m)

[2] Milnay Louw
[Q] Angie Clifton-Parks (Rsa)
11/4, 11/6, 11/2 (20m)
[2] Milnay Louw (Rsa)

Alexa Pienaar (Rsa) 3-0 Linda Shannon (Rsa)                 11-2, 11-6, 11-9 (19m)
Kacey Leigh-Dodd (Rsa) 3-0 Michelle van Zyl (Rsa)        11-5, 11-9, 13-11 (24m)
Adel Sammons (Rsa) 3-0 Hannelize Human (Rsa)          11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (21m)
Angie Clifton-Parks (Rsa) 3-0 Christine Ferreira (Rsa)  11-5, 11-9, 13-11 (24m)

Round One: K Dodd bt J Dawson 11-7 11-2 11-4, A Pienaar bt H McBride 11-4 11-3 11-7, L Shannon bt M Wiese 9-11 11-8 15-17 12-10 11-9, M van Zyl w/o T Diepenbroek scr., H Human bt N Sekhoto 114 11-8 1-4, A Sammons bt B Seroto 11-6 11-1 11-6, A Clifton-Parks bt J Eigenmann 11-5 11-3 11-9, C Ferreira bt M Shannon 1-6 11-3 11-3.
Semis: Top seeds assert as Brits wins battle of the qualifiers

Men's top seed Martin Svec showed his class against Christo Potgieter. He kept the ball tight and never gave Christo a chance to get in front of him to dominate.

When asked about the match Svec commented: “I knew that Christo was an unorthodox player and tried not give him any openings. I stayed disciplined and am very happy to win in three to save myself for tomorrow. A big shout out to Ondrej for always being there to help coach and support me.”

The second semi-final match was indeed a crowd pleaser and kept everyone on the edge of their seats until the end as qualifiers JP Brits and Karim Magdy battled for a place in the final.

The South African crowd was definitely on the South African’s side and this seemed to inspire him to really push himself to the limit.

In Jean-Pierre’s own words, “I feel that I played well in the first two games and came from behind in both. I was well done and then came bac to win the first game 13 /11. The next two games I feel that I lost my length a bit as the ball got a little too cold for me which resulted in me hitting the ball lose and not to a good length.

"I tried to stay calm and keep focused on my game to allow myself to get back into the game. By doing this I managed to put him under too much pressure again.

"I am looking forward to playing Martin and his height and reach are definitely an advantage of his. I will have to work on some tactics to move him around and control the court.”

The ladies event was definitely one sided towards the main seeds.

Number one seed Alex Fuller was a class above her opponent Salma Youssef. After a very competitive 1st game Youssef seemed to lose complete interest in the match and Fuller took full advantage of this to finish the last 2 games in 12minutes.

Fuller commented re the upcoming final tomorrow, “I feel that I have prepared well for this event and I enjoy playing in a familiar environment. Milnay and I always have a tough game but I am excited to be playing again to a South African crowd.”

Milnay Louw dominated the game from the beginning. Moving quickly to the front wall and hitting low hard crosscourt’s put Cheyna Tucker under a lot of pressure.

“I felt that I started a little slow but worked very hard to win the 1st and had to focus for the full match in order to close off in three. I have a very clear game plan for tomorrow and need to be well prepared for the match.”


Quarters: Upsets continue ...

Tonight saw another exciting evening at the Assore/ Balwin Gauteng Open, and once again some of the top players in both events bowed out to the local South African contingent

Number one men's seed Martin Svec fought a hard fight to beat Wayne Sithole 3/2. Sithole played very well and took the top seed the full distance. The fifth saw experience and fitness pull Svec through with Sithole cramping badly in the final game.

Christo Potgieter did not give Dylan Groenewald a chance to get into the match. His diving and retrieval of the ball seemed to frustrate Groenewald forcing him to go too short and make too many errors.

Karim Magdy fought hard and managed to regain his confidence in the fourth game to take the match against Stuart Macgregor 3-1. Both players retrieved well and the rallies were long and hard. Magdy managed to gain the edge with his short game to put Macgregor under pressure in the fourth.

Jean-Pierre Brits kept calm and maintained even though Abhay put him under extreme pressure. The match was a real crowd pleaser with both players getting to unbelievable shots. The crowd was definitely behind Brits and this seemed to spur him on to take the match 3-1.

In the ladies section Alex Fuller was just too fast, accurate and solid for Winifer Bonilla. Bonilla tried hard but could not get the better of Fuller.

Adel Sammons tried hard against Salm Youssef. After the 4th game Youssef seemed to find her short game and Sammons battled to get a length allowing Youssef to dominate the “T”.

Cheyna Tucker dominated the match from the beginning and did not give Alexa Pienaar a chance to get into her game. Tucker attacked the ball and took it early just putting too much pressure on Pienaar.

In the final ladies match Milnay Louw outclassed Amy Jones. Louw was quick onto the ball in the front and Jones could not find her length to get Louw deep into the back court.
Round One: Upsets abound in Jo'burg

The local players caused some major upsets to the top seeds this evening. In both events five of the top seeds were knocked out of the event.

Number one seed Martin Svec was too strong and clinical for Guhan Senthikumar. He used his height and reach to outplay Senthikumar and made very few errors to take the match 3-0.

Wayne Sithole caused one of the upsets for the evening by defeating six seeded Ben Coates. Sithole’s quick movement onto the ball out classed Coates. In the men’s event JP Brits took control of his match against Kyle Maree by placing the ball deep and to a good length. Maree made too many

Dylan Groenewald had a hard contested match against Kyle Finch. Finch seemed to battle with the altitude and after two very hard games succumbed to the altitude with tired muscles and did not move as well. Abhay Singh was just too fast and accurate for Adrian Leanza and had a relatively easy match into the next round.

In the ladies section Alexa Pienaar was just too strong and sharp for Linda Shannon. Adel Sammons outran opponent Hannelize Human. Sammons kept up constant pressure and Human just seemed to fold under the

Salma Youssef displayed the normal Egyptian talent of hitting good lengths and great attacking short game to totally out play Makgosi Peloakgosi. Peloakgosi was totally despondoent and lost the will to win after Adel Sammons had the best win of the evening by disposing of the number three seed Jelena Dutina. Sammons was very determined to take the match and ran down every ball to overthrow her opponent in just 26 mins. .

Qualifying Finals:

Very few upsets in the qualifying finals at Parkview, with seven South Africans and one Egyptian winning through to the main draws.

In the men’s event JP Brits took control of his match against Kyle Maree by placing the ball deep and to a good length. Maree made too many errors and at no time looked like threatening Brits. Potgieter was just too clinical and fast for Worth and took only 21minutes to proceed to the main event.

Karim Magdy from Egypt made Alwyn venter work very hard in the 1st 2 games and the third saw a very tired venter succumb to the constant pressure from Magdy.

The match of the evening was between 2 Gauteng team mate Dylan Groenewald and Makhosonke Ntuli. The match was closely contested with both players having fleeting moments of brilliance. In the end it was Groenewald great speed and movement that won him the match.

In the ladies section Alexa Pienaar was just too strong and sharp for Linda Shannon. Adel Sammons outran opponent Hannelize Human. Sammons kept up constant pressure and Human just seemed to fold under the pressure.

Kacey-Leigh Dodd moved with ease around the court and Michelle van Zyl really seemed to be out of her depth. Dodd was never put under any pressure and cruised to a 3-0 victory.

Angie Clifton-Parks caused the only upset of the evening by beating Christine Ferreira 3-0. Clifton-Parks slowed the down the ball and did not give Ferreira the opportunity to play her fast hard hitting game. Ferreira seemed to be completely frustrated by the lob and drop game of Clifton-Parks


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