In a surprise for the Cape Town crowd at the V&A Waterfront on Thursday evening, both women’s quarterfinals went against the seeding to set the scene for some exciting semifinals.
Local South African favourite Milnay Louw (RSA) continued her good form from the Growthpoint SA Nationals to upset 4th seed Cindy Merlo (SUI) in straight games.
With just seven places separating the players on the world rankings it was thought that the match would be a tight affair but in front of a home crowd, Louw showed why she is so highly rated to take the win 11-7, 11-6, 11-6.
After witnessing her husband stroll through to the semifinals the previous evening, 2nd seed Anna Serme (CZE) was looking to do the same as she came up against 6th seed Marie Stephan (FRA).
However, Stephan was in inspired form and showed some brilliant shot-making ability to the win in straight games 11-7, 11-6, 11-9.
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