The quality of tennis at the Curro Junior ITF 1 tennis tournament in Stellenbosch took an upward curve on quarterfinals day.
The top four seeded boys will play in the semi-finals. Top seed Richard Thongoana had a fierce battle with eight-seeded Lleyton Cronje and was made to work hard for his three set victory with 6-3 1-6 6-3. Second seed Joshua Howard-Tripp face some resistance from Mehluli Don Ayanda Sibanda, fifth seed form Zimbabwe. In the end he was too strong though and won 6-2 6-2. Dutch player and third seed Ien Schouten faced set point against seventh seed Lance-Pierre du Toit, but still managed to leave to court as the winner in 7-6 6-1.
Match of the day belonged to Philip Henning (4) and James Roelofse (10). These two made each other run all over the court and both had their chances to take control of proceedings. Henning won in three sets 7-5 4-6 and 6-4 after some two and half hours of play.
Henning will now face top seed Thongoana and Howard-Tripp is up against Schouten.
There is some definite French flair in the girls’ semi-finals. Unseeded Diane Parry – who beat top seed Minette van Vreden in the third round – got the better of fifth seed Amelie Boy to advance to the last four after winning the quarterfinal match 7-5 6-1. Another French player Maelys Bougrat won her match against Linge Steenkamp easily with 6-3 6-1. Bougrat will now face another unseeded player Holly Fischer from Britain who made easy work of her match against second seed Lexie Stevens from Holland.
The only seeded player left in the girls’ draw is fourth seed Adrienn Nagy from Hungary, she booked her place in the semi-final with a victory over eight seed Megan Lombardi 6-3 6-2. Nagy now face Parry.