Brilliant Results as South Africa Reaches Semifinals at World Team Cup

Posted on April 28, 2011

In the women's division team South Africa put up a great fight against Chile.  Rose van der Meer played Francisca Mardones and Kgothatso Montjane faced Marie Antonieta Ortiz. Van der Meer pulled out all the stops but Mardones prevailed 6-3 6-1. Montjane remained focused after she lost a tight first set 6-7. In the second, Montjane bounced back taking the set 6-3 and won the third set with ease 6-0. The players came face to face in the doubles match against Mardones and Oritz with results still pending.

In a commanding position against Zimbabwe Gift Lekganyane played Sheppered Banda winning in three sets, 4-6 6-3 6-0. Team mate Donald Ramphadi stamped his authority against Brian Mafuvise on the match taking it 6-0 6-2. The doubles saw the Zimbabweans faced the same fate with Ramphadi and team mate Mabel Mankgele winning 6-3 7-5. The win secures them seventh place in the World Team Cup, 2011.

Holger Losch, tournament director said, "The main sponsors of the event, Airports Company South Africa, Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa, and City of Tshwane can be really proud of our players. They have fared well to reach the semifinals and this is a first for our men. We are extremely proud of Sydwell and Evans, and our entire team. We are urging the public to join us to support our teams in the remaining days of the World Team Cup until 01 May. It’s not only about celebrating the game but supporting their entire nation in pursuit of victory."

For more information regarding the ITF World Team Cup 2011 in Tshwane, South Africa please contact Karen Losch Tel: 083 325 1169 Fax: 086 651 6664 Email: [email protected] or visit us at the University of Pretoria, Sports Grounds, till 01 May, from 09h00 till dark.

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