Stellenbosch, South Africa; It was a good day for South Africans at the Digicall Futures 3 tennis tournament in Stellenbosch.
For a change the players welcomed the wind – actually slight breeze compared to the wind at last week’s tournament – because without it the sun would have been unbearable.
Top seeded Chanel Simmonds from South Africa made sure she did not spend too much time in the heat on court. She beat Laura Deigman from Britain 6-1, 6-0 in 53 minutes. Her next match is against her doubles partner Kaitlyn Christian from America. These two also played in the final of the first tournament. Simmonds won the first two tournaments in the series of three.
Unseeded South African Madrie le Roux secured the upset of the day when she eliminated the sixth seed Jeada Daniel from America. Le Roux won the match 6-0, 7-5.
In a fiercely contested match qualifier Amelie Boy from Mauritius battled unseeded Eden D’Oliveira from South Africa for almost three hours to win 1-6, 7-6 and 6-3.
In the men’s draw double defending champion Lloyd Harris seeded second made easy work of his match against Austria’s Philipp Schroll and needed just more than an hour to win 6-2, 6-1. It was Harris’ 26th consecutive match win in just more than a month. The 19-year-old is in sublime form and fans are hoping that his body can keep up with his mind!
Wild card Philip Henning from South Africa had a great match against unseeded American Tyler Hochwalt. “I really had a great time. I struggled at the beginning but played some good tennis especially in the second set. It is good to be back in Stellenbosch after we played the Curro Junior ITF tournaments here in September. It is obviously totally different to play in a Futures tournament, but the goal is just to have fun and play the best tennis I possibly can,” said Henning.
The top seed Jordi Samper-Montana from Spain beat South African qualifier Joshua Clark 6-1, 6-4 and will now play another South African wild card Joshua Howard-Tripp in the second round.
Second round action starts at 09:30.