Defending champion and second seed Shaun le Roux, made his way to the quarter-finals of the Laser SA Squash Championships at Wanderers Club, Johannesburg when he accounted for Ruan Olivier in four games on Tuesday evening.
Ranked 17 in the world, top seed Steve Coppinger took his allotted place after defeating Jimmy Schlebusch (NW) in straight games.
Third-seeded Thoboki Mohohlo (CG), after losing the first game 5-11 to national player Rodney Durbach (WP) gradually gained control in their encounter taking the next three games 11-7 11-7 11-3 while fourth seed North West’s Christo Potgieter also needed four games to get past Central Gautenger Kyle Maree.
The only upset in the men’s championship was caused by 9-16 seed Tristan Eysele of Border who, in a 71-minute titanic struggle, gained the better of 5-8 seed Gary Wheadon (KZN) winning 11-5 12-14 10-12 12-10 12-10.
In the women’s section the top three seeds Cheyna Tucker (CG), Alexandra Fuller (WP) and Milnay Louw (WP) had little trouble in moving through to the quarter-finals, dropping less than 20 points between them.
Fourth-seeded Elani Landman took her allotted place in the quarters after accounting for Western Province’s Danielle van Niekerk 13-11 11-8 11-6.
But fifth seed Lume Landman (CG), sixth seed Kacey Leigh Dodd (E), seventh seed Makgosi Peloakgosi (N) and eighth-seeded Adel Weir (CG) all tumbled out.
In a closely contested match Landman lost to fellow UJ Student and 9-16 seed, Alexia Pienaar in four games. Former national champion, Farrah Sterne of Northerns, seeded 9-16, had too much experience for 2014 U19 champion Dodd, a student at UJ, winning through 11-9 15-13 12-10. Sonica Fritz, another 9-16 seed subdued a determined fight by fellow Northerns team mate Peloakgosi edging through to the quarters in 4 games 11-8 12-10 10-12 11-8.
In the longest women’s quarter-final, last week’s newly crowned Wanderers Open champion, Michelle Kohne, a 9-16 seed, edged through in five games to upset eighth-seeded Weir.
Line-up for Wednesday’s quarter-finals
Milnay Louw vs Alexia Pienaar
Michelle Kohne vs Elani Landman
Sonica Fritz vs Alexandra Fuller
Clinton Leeuw vs Thoboki Mohohlo
Cheyna Tucker vs Farrah Sterne
Christo Potgieter vs J P Brits
Steven Coppinger vs Tristan Eysele
Michael Wood vs Shaun le Roux
Source : South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee