Photo: Reg CaldecottKgothatso Montjane (RSA)
Kgothatso Montjane and Jordanne Whiley came through two of the more competitive matches on the second day of the ACSA South African Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while Boaz Kramer ensured there would be two Israeli players in the quad singles semifinals after defeating third seed Marco Innocenti of Italy in Johannesburg.
Fourth seed Montjane held off a strong challenge from Malaysia's Faizatul Thani to reach the last eight of the women's singles, progressing 63 64 to earn a quarterfinal against Germany's Katharina Kruger.
Whiley also had a stiff task against her fellow Brit Louise Hunt, but the sixth seed eventually gained a 64 63 win and will now play Dutch top seed Marjolein Buis.
As the women's seeds got their campaigns underway, Buis and Kruger had much more comfortable wins over Australia's Luba Josevski and Brazil's Rejane Candida respectively, while all four matches in the bottom half of the draw also produced comfortable wins for second seed Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany, Japan's Kanako Domori, Christine Schoen of France and Sharon Walraven of the Netherlands.
Domori secured the most comprehensive win as the seventh seed defeated Siphokazi Fuma of South Africa 60 60 to book a match against defending champion Ellerbrock. Third seed Walraven and eighth seed Schoenn will go head-to-head for a place in the semifinals at Ellis Park.
Third seed Innocenti exits quad singles
Innocenti became the second seeded player to exit the ITF 1 Series tournament as Kramer edged to a 64 64 quad singles quarterfinal win over the third seed.
Kramer will now attempt to end South African hopes in the quad singles after second seed Lucas Sithole eased into the last four with a 60 60 win over his compatriot David Mathebula.
British top seed Andrew Lapthorne secured his second 61 60 victory in successive days as he beat American Marc McLean to ease into the last four, while Israel will have half of the semifinalists after fourth seed Shraga Weinberg defeated Malaysia's Azman Hasan 61 62.
Maripa continues progress as top seven men's seeds cruise through
While Montjane and Sithole take the host nation's hopes into the women's quarterfinals and quad semifinals respectively, Eliphas Maripa carries South African hopes in the last eight of the men's singles. After defeating eighth seed Rafael Medeiros on the opening day, Maripa beat his second successive Brazilian opponent as a comfortable 60 61 victory over Yamanitu da Silva lined up a match against Japanese fourth seed Yoshinobu Fujimoto for a place in the semifinals.
Australian third seed Ben Weekes and fifth seed Takuya Miki of Japan are set to meet in the quarterfinals after both winning their second round matches without dropping a single game.
Seventh seed Daniel Rodrigues maintains Brazilian hopes ahead of taking on British second seed Gordon Reid, while top seed Takashi Sanada faces sixth seed Marc McCarroll of Great Britain and goes into the contest leading McCarroll 2-1 in their head-to-heads so far this season.