Surprises were the order of the first day of the Barretts Champion of Champions at Ellis Park as Pieter Calitz was the only seed to reach the semi finals of the mens event.
Calitz, who has dominated the local tournament scene lately and was undefeated in last years Bundes League, won his opening two singles matches for the loss of just 7 games to continue his authoritive play.
Second seed, Damien Hume easily won his opening round match and then recovered from the loss of the first set to Danie Buys to win the second set 61. However, he was unable to continue this dominance in the Super Tie break, and was edged out 10 8.
Werner Knuppe will wish to play any of the Vaglietti brothers, anytime. First he beat Roberto 61 61, and then accounted for the third seed Giovanni in a much tighter match 75 64 to now face Buys in the semi final.
Hilton Nyakarau had a good win over fourth seed Uys Jordaan 64 75 to set up an unenviable semi final meeting with Pieter Calitz.
In the ladies event, the top seed Tarryn Rudman had to withdraw just prior to the start. The semi final line up sees Carmen Spence face Veronique Luksich who beat Rachelle Dennett 62 61, while Channel Symonds, who beat Lisa Wade 61 64 will face Hayley Rudman who accounted for Shaylin Williams 63 61.
The semi finals will be played at Ellis Park on Sunday 18 May at 09:00 followed by the finals.
Mens singles First Round
P Calitz (1) bt W.Ngoma 62 60: C Kuschka bt E Thalmin 46 62 10 6: H Nyakarau bt S Thomas 62 61: U Jordaan (4) bt W Spence 62 76(7): G Vaglietti (3) bt C Sochanski 61 61: W Knuppe bt R Vaglietti 63 62: D Buys bt G Jordaan 64 61: D Hume (2) bt B Tyson 61 61,
Calitz (1) bt Kuschka 63 62: Nyakarau by Jordaan (4) 64 75: Knuppe bt Vaglietti (3) 75 64 : Buys bt Hume (2) 63 16 10 8.
Ladies Singles First Round
C Spence bt S Anderson w/o: V Luksich bt R Dennett 62 61: H Rudman bt S Williams 63 61: C Symonds bt L Wade 61 64.