Day TWO – Top Seeds Progress

The second day of play in Johannesburg saw 312 matches take place over the three clubs, with some of the larger draws whittled down to the last 32 players.

sp_21107Early morning action saw several of the top seeds progress – Egypt’s Mohammed Abbas in the M35, South Africa’s Rodney Durbach in the M40 and Craig van der Wath in the M50, Irishman Willie Hosey in the M55, Australia’s Brian Cook in the M65 and England’s W55 top seed Jill Campion were all in action in the 9am slot as play continued throughout the day.

sp_21108There were a number of upsets as South Africa’s Celeste Swanepoel (W35) and Juanelia Nel (W40), Netherland’s Lieke Bootsma (W40) and England’s Russell Shipton (M70) all progressed against players seeded in the 5/8 category while the host’s Alma Cave beat W75 second seed Joan Wilton in straight games in their pool match.

sp_21110The oldest men’s category has also produced some big upsets – in the six-player round robin England’s 3/4 seed Malcolm Gilham yesterday beat second seed Trevor Coulter – who has since withdrawn – and today beat top seed Lance Kinder, who retired injured when Gilham was leading by two games to one.

Action continues at the three clubs on Day Three when the finals stages of some of the draws will begin to emerge – in the meantime follow the updates on the Results and Gallery pages.




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