Taking a very difficult victory, her third in a row in the tournament, Martha Matoula secured her qualification today on the main board of the $ 15,000 Futures in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
After 1 hour and 51 minutes of a very close match, Martha Matula managed to beat Valeria Bhunu from Zimbabwe 2-6, 6-1, 12-10 and qualify for the main board of the international Sharm tournament El Sheikh.
The 23-year-old Greek tennis player, although she was back with a set, responded with a much better 2nd set, in which she lost only 2 games. In the match tie-break, which also judged the winner, it was ahead with 6-0, but lost 7 points in a row and was back with 6-7! It then led 9-7 and had three match points, but Bhunu tied it at 9-9 and later at 10-10. Finally, on her 4th chance, Matoula closed the tie-break at 12-10 and qualified.
In the first round of the main board, Matoula will face a very young and talented tennis player, just 15-year-old Isabella Kruger from South Africa, who despite her age is at No. 822 in the WTA world rankings. It should be noted that Kruger also started its course from the qualifiers and achieved 3 victories without losing a set, while last month it had achieved 2 victories in the main tournament table of $ 25,000, in the Futures of its homeland in Potchefstroom.