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Montjane in the mix for SA at Aussie Open

There’s big South African interest as the 2013 Australian Open Wheelchair Championships gets underway at Melbourne Park on Wednesday, the first Grand Slam tournament on the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Participation in the woman’s draw is limited to the top eight women in the world. South Africa is therefore honoured to have Kgothatso Montjane, or ‘KG’, as she is fondly known, as a participant. A Paralympian in London last year, she is the first player from the African continent to be invited to partake in a wheelchair tennis Grand Slam event.

KG is determined to make 2013 her year and has set her sights on being the first African wheelchair tennis player to be ranked in the top four in the world. This would add to her already impressive record of firsts.

In 2012 she was the first African wheelchair tennis player to be nominated for IPC Athlete of the month and the first African wheelchair tennis player to be invited to compete in the esteemed World Singles and Doubles Masters. It is clear that the sky is the limit for this phenomal, steadfast and inspiring athlete.

The draw ceremony took place earlier this week where KG, currently ranked 10th in the world, drew the top seed Aniek van Koot ranked No2 in the world in the first round. Although a challenging draw, KG has never shied away from competition, and is the only player in the world to have defeated Aniek in the run up to the Paralympics.

John C. Stone
John C. Stone

Am very pleased to see her again in the 'Aussie Open'. Have been following KG since I met her in Belgium for the NEC Wheel Masters. Had a talk and became friends, and since than supporting her. Think she can make it into the top 5, but the road is long and hard. Am especially glad she had a good second set against the world nr 2 ! Just 4 KG, keep it up so we can see you again at the 2013 NEC Masters. John C. Stone