23 Apr 2012

Women's semifinalists decided in Johannesburg

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Photo: Reg CaldecottSharon Walraven (NED)

All four top seeds reached the women's singles semifinals at the Airport Company South Africa South African Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, before rain halted the third day of play at Ellis Park, Johannesburg.

Top seed Marjolein Buis, second seed Sabine Ellerbrock and fourth seed and home favourite Kgothatso Montjane all won closely fought first sets in their respective quarterfinals before going on to dominate their second seeds.

World No. 4 Buis beat Britain's Jordanne Whiley 64 61, while fourth seed Montjane, who has dropped out of the top 10 this week, defeated German fifth seed Katharina Kruger 64 60 to set up a semifinal against Buis.

Ellerbrock also won her quarterfinal 64 60 as she knocked out Kanako Domori of Japan. The German defending champion will play Dutch world No. 9 Sharon Walraven in her semifinal after Walraven secured the most comfortable quarterfinal victory after beating French eighth seed Christine Schoenn 60 62.

The premature end to the day's play means that, weather permitting, the fourth day will have a busy and action-packed schedule.