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Montjane moves through with straight-sets victory
- Updated: September 1, 2012
By Mark Etheridge
Kgothatso Montjane overcome a slow and nervous start to get Team South Africa’s Paralympic wheelchair tennis campaign up and running her on Saturday.
Playing out on Court No4, 26-year-old Montjane took on Spain’s Lola Ochoa Ribes in the Round of 32 clash at Eton Manor and prevailed in two sets, 7-5 6-2.
Montjane, who broke into the world’s top 10 early this year after reaching the semi-finals of the Queensland Open in Australia, didn’t get her match off on a good footing, opening with a double-fault and then being broken in the third game.
But she broke back in the sixth game and finally wrapped up the set 7-5 as her opponent ended the first set action with a double fault of her own after 42 minutes of action.
A break in the sixth game of the seventh saw her lead 4-2 and she went on to seal victory after 32 minutes when Ochoa Ribes netted a forehand.
It was a relieved Montjane who spoke to Road to London 2012 after her victory. “It wasn’t easy out there today. I’ve had problems with my fingers for about a month now and have only been fully back into training for just under two weeks now.
“But things are looking good in practice and I just need to work on my co-ordination now. I could see my opponent was a bit nervous so I just tried to relax as much as possible myself.
“My draw looks quite exciting although with a bit of a challenge because I think I come up against the World No3 now.”
Playing at around the same time out on Court Six, Montjane’s team-mate Evans Maripe made short work of Iraq’s Mohammed Hamdan, winning in straight sets and only dropping one game in a 6-1 6-0 thrashing.