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All seeds prevail at start of Futures

Most of the seeds enjoyed a good day in the TSA NWU-Pukke Futures being played in Potchefstroom on Tuesday.

In a rain-interrupted day, top-seeded South African Rik de Voest was called off court leading 5-1 in the opening set against Evan Song of the USA.

De Voest returned to serve out the first set and complete an easy second set, winning 6-1 6-2.

"I am happy with my start," said De Voest.

"The rain has been disruptive but I am glad to have the first round under my belt."

De Voest will play Oran Reznik of Israel in round two.

Second-seed Suk-Young Jeong of Korea failed to turn up for his first round match against Austrian Lukas Weinhandl. Lucky-loser Jandre Schoeman of South Africa replaced Jeong in the draw, but his luck ran out early when he lost to Weinhandl 0-6 2-6.

Another South African, fourth-seeded Ruan Roelofse, looked in control from the outset in his 6-2 6-0 win over training partner and best friend Adriaan Du Toit.

"I'm happy with my performance and happy to be in the second round," he said.

Tournament dark horse Nikala Scholtz, from Greyton in Western Province, and currently studying at the University of Mississippi in the United States, opened his campaign against Zimbabwe's Mark Fynn by winning 6-3 7-6(6).

Scholtz, a Davis Cup debutant for the country in the recent Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against Canada, said he felt comfortable about his game and like De Voest was happy to be playing back home.

"I was real honoured to represent my country in Davis Cup. I learnt so much from playing world no. 15 Milos Raonic."

The women's top seed, Chanel Simmonds of South Africa, played fellow South African Eden D'Oliveira and won easily 6-1 6-0.

"I served very well and that definitely helped. I'm looking forward to my next match," Simmonds said.

Joining Simmonds in round two are 2-Anastasia Kharchenko (Ukr); 3-Keren Shlomo; 4-Kim-Alice Grajdek (Ger) and 5-Zarah Razafimahatratra (Mad).


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