Top seeds Chanel Simmonds and Benjamin Lock of Zimbabwe eased into the second round of the women's and men's singles events, respectively, at the SA Spring Open at Ellis Park Tennis Courts in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Simmonds, the current world number 361, cruised into round two with a 6-0 6-0 win over compatriot Ntokozo Zungu.
Third seed Zeel Desai from India also registered a 6-1 6-3 win over countrywoman Snehal Mane to reach the women’s second round.
In men’s event, Zimbabwe’s Benjamin Lock also eased into the second round with a comfortable 6-1 6-4 win over South Africa’s Alec Beckley.
Takanyi Garanganga (seeded no.3) also from Zimbabwe drubbed Devin Badenhorst 6-4 6-2, while Bulagaria’s Alexander Donski survived a challenge from South Africa’s Charl Morgan. The Bulgarian Davis Cup player won 6-0 7-6(1).
1-Benjamin Lock (ZIM) bt Alec Beckley (RSA) 6-1 6-4
3-Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM) bt Devin Badenhorst (RSA) 6-4 6-2
4-Alexander Donski (BUL) bt Charl Morgan (RSA) 6-0 7-6(1)
5-Hamidreza Nadaf (IRI) bt Dylan Salton (RSA) 5-7 6-4 6-3
8-Mehluli Sibanda (ZIM) bt Joubert Klopper (RSA) 6-3 7-5
Vaughn Hunter (RSA) bt Raheel Manji (CAN) 6-3 4-6 7-6(8)
Preston Brown (USA) bt Terence Atmane (FRA) 7-5 6-1
Claudio Grassi (ITA) bt Vasilios Capiri (RSA) 7-5 6-3
1-Chanel Simmonds (RSA) bt Ntokozo Zungu (RSA) 6-0 6-0
3-Zeel Desai (IND) bt Snehal Mane (IND) 6-1 6-3
4-Tamara Itzhaki (ISR) bt Adesuwa Osabuohien (USA) 6-1 6-4
5-Caroline Romeo (FRA) bt Sarah Pang (SGP) 6-1 6-1
7-Yvonne Neuwirth (AUT) bt Demi Tran (NED) 7-6(2) 6-2
8-Tina Smith (AUS) bt Megan Basson (RSA) 6-3 6-2
Elena Jamshidi (DEN) bt Maxima Ellenberg (GER) 6-0 6-1
Lauren Cooper (USA) bt Lian Tran (NED) 6-4 7-6(4)