JOHANNESBURG, September 23, 2021 (Tennis South Africa Press Release)
Rising South African tennis stars, Khololwam Montsi and Alec Beckley have both reached their maiden ITF $25,000 World Tennis Tour quarterfinal round at the SA Spring Open on Thursday.
Eighteen-year-old Montsi defeated Markos Kalovelonis of Greece 6-1, 6-3 to secure his spot in the last eight stage.
“It means a lot to me to be in my first $25K feature event quarterfinals, especially back home in South Africa,” said Montsi.
“Now I just have to recover. I have to study my opponent and go through my patterns, things that I have to do with my coach, and just prepare myself as much as possible.”
Montsi will next face last week’s Jozi Open champion Alastair Gray of Britain for a place in the semi-final round.
World No. 2,099 Beckley continued his impressive run with victory over Menelaos Efstashiou. Beckley, who stunned top seed Konstantin Kravchuk on Wednesday, defeated the Cypriot 7-6(5), 6-4 to advance.
The 20-year-old will go up against Brazilian sixth-seed Mateus Alves in the quarterfinal round.
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2-Benjamin Lock (ZIM) bt Kelsey Stevenson (CAN) 6-1, 6-4
4-Michail Pervolarakis (GRE) bt Jeremy Beale (AUS) 6-2, 3-0 (Beale retired)
5-Rio Noguchi (JPN) bt Vaughn Hunter (RSA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
6-Mateus Alves (BRA) bt Daniel Cukierman (ISR) 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 (6)
Khololwam Montsi (RSA) bt Markos Kalovelonis (GRE) 6-1, 6-3
Kyle Seeling (USA) bt 8-Igor Ribeiro Marcondes ((BRA) 6-1, 7-6(5), 6-1
Alastair Gray (GBR) bt Sebastian Prechtel (GER) 6-3, 6-0
WC-Alec Beckley (RSA) bt Menelaos Efstathiou (CYP) 7-6 (5), 6-4
2-Tessah Andrianjafitrimo (FRA) bt Zoe Kruger (RSA) 7-5, 7-5
4-Richel Hogenkamp (NED) bt Shiho Akita (JPN) 6-1, 6-3
8-Joanne Zuger (SUI) bt Eva Lys (GER) Walkover
Alina Charaeva (RUS) bt Chanel Simmonds (RSA)2-6 (Simmonds retired)
Valeria Bhunu (ZIM) bt Suzan Lamens (NED) 6-3, 6-1
Elizabeth Mandlik (USA) bt Eva Vedder (NED) 7-6(7),
Jacqueline Cabaj Awad (SWE) bt Amina Anshiba (RUS) 6-2, 7-6 (3)
Matilda Mutavdzic (GBR) bt Jenny Duerst (SUI) 6-2 7-6 (5)
1-Martin de la Puente (ESP) bt Mpho Mhlongo (RSA) 6-0, 6-0
2-Daniel Caverzaschi (ESP) bt Mayenzeke Gwija (RSA) 6-0, 6-0
3-Evans Maripa (RSA) bt Khanya Xundu (RSA) 6-0, 6-0
4-Leon Els (RSA) bt Celimpilo Kunene (RSA) 6-0, 6-0
5-Alwande Sikhosana (RSA) bt Joseph Manzini (RSA) 6-0, 6-0
Mzwanele Thenstsi (RSA) bt Brilliant Mabaso (RSA) 6-1, 6-0
Mgambi Aviwe (RSA) bt Zenani Mncedi (RSA) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
Ishmael Tshipuke (RSA) bt Piet Moloi (RSA) 6-3, 6-3
1-Martin de la Puente (ESP) bt 5-Alwande Sikhosana (RSA) 6-4, 7-5
2-Daniel Caverzaschi (ESP) bt Ishmael Tshipuke (RSA) 6-0, 6-0
3-Evans Maripa (RSA) bt Mzwanele Thenstsi (RSA) 6-0, 6-0
4-Leon Els (RSA) bt Mgambi Aviwe (RSA) 6-0, 6-0
1-Kgotahtso Montjane (RSA) bt Mabel Mankgele (RSA) 6-1, 6-0
2-Jiske Griffieon (NED) bt Nokwanda Hlongwane (RSA) 6-0, 6-0
3-Mariska Venter (RSA) bt Nosipho Hlatswayo (RSA) 6-1, 6-1
Ntsuku Ndlovu (RSA) bt Emihle Mbotho (RSA) 7-5, 5-7, 6-2