WTA Tour

Simmonds could face Israeli

2013-05-05 16:28
Chanel Simmonds (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - The draw for the women's tournament was held on Sunday and set up a possible quarter-final clash between Israel's Julia Glushko and South Africa's top-ranked player Chanel Simmonds.

At the start of the weekend, Glushko was not sure she would even be playing in this week's Soweto Open. But when she steps on court on Monday, it will be as the tournament's second seed.

The 23-year-old former Israeli soldier missed the cut-off date for entry and had to gain a spot in the main draw by playing the qualifying tournament over the weekend.

She had no problem negotiating her way through those matches, however, and she will play her first match of the main tournament against Turkey's Melis Sezer.

Simmonds, seeded fifth, is South Africa's only seeded player in the tournament and she will come up against compatriot - and African under 18 champion - Ilze Hattingh in her opening match.

Top seed in the tournament is Timea Babos of Hungary, who will be celebrating her 20th birthday on Friday.

Babos, currently ranked 114th in the world but had climbed as high as 59th in 2012, would play her opening match against Keren Shlomo of Israel.

South African Fed Cup player Lynn Kiro has a tough task first up as she takes on third seed Tadeja Majeric of Slovakia.

Play begins at 10:00 at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex in Soweto.

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