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Women's Soweto Open swings into action

By unknown | Apr 29, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

To the people of Soweto, the venue for the ITF Soweto Women's Open tournament holds morbid significance.

The Authur Ashe tennis courts in Central Western Jabavu, besides being named after the first black man to ever win a grand slam, is the same place where a young boy was murdered, decapitated and his head flung on the roof of a building.

The women's tournamnent comes right on the heels of the men's edition, which was played last month at the same venue.

The first match featured tournament first seed Katie O'Brien of Britain, who faced South African wild card Chanel Simmonds. The more experienced O'Brien comprehensively defeated Simmonds 6-16-1 to go through to the next round.

After the match, O'Brien - ranked third in her native country - was gracious in victory, saying the score flattered her.

"It is not a true reflection of the match, as she was extremely tough. She just needs to get a little bit more experience and she needs to play more of these tournaments and she will get there," said O'Brien.

Simmonds called her fall at the first hurdle an eye-opening experience, and said she was more disappointed at the score than the actual loss.

"There are some things I have learnt and on the positive [side], I know I can hit just as hard as the top girls. On the other hand, I need to improve on my consistency and my service game. I was broken quite often today," she said.

The big disappointment was that the people of Soweto did not come out to support the event.

Other Results: Marinne Giraud (MRI) bt Andrea Havackova (CZE) 6-1 6-0; Natalia (BRA) bt Eva Hridinova (CZE) 6-16-2 Lauren Albanese (US) bt Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 6-4 6-4.


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