The final day of play saw all teams in action at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup African Qualifying. In the women’s final South Africa played Morocco in a repeat of the pool match which saw South Africa win 2-1. Mariska Venter faced El Houary Azhour, in a much tighter match than in the pool stages. Azhour went 5-3 up first set but Venter found her form of the first few days to take four games consecutively and the set 7-5.
This momentum continued into the second set and South Africa went 1-0 up in the tie, with a 6-2 second set. South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane (pictured) made an appearance on court for the first time in the week, and the current World Number 9 made quick work defeating the unranked Khelifi Malika 6-0, 6-0. The men’s final saw Number One seed South Africa take on second seed Morocco.
Leon Els beat Ayoub Ettali 6-0, 6-2 to put South Africa within touching distance of a win. It was down to Lhaj Boukartacha (MAR) to try to defeat Evans Maripa to keep Morocco in the tie. Boukartacha however could not match Maripa’s pace and consistency, and despite Boukartacha saving on match point, Maripa eventually led South Africa to victory 6-1, 6-2.
South Africa will now go through to the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Women’s World Group and Men’s World Group 2 at the main event, which will be held in Turkey on the 25-31 May.
BNP PARIBAS WORLD TEAM CUP AFRICA QUALIFICATION RESULTS
Mariska Venter (RSA) bt El Houary Azhour (MAR) 7-5 6-2
Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) bt Khelifi Malika (MAR) 6-0 6-0
Leon Els (RSA) bt Ettali Ayoub (MAR) 6-0 6-2
Evans Maripa (RSA) bt lhaj Boukartacha (MAR) 6-1 6-2
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