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Montjane grabs first Super Series title with doubles title in US
- Updated: September 6, 2013
Paralympic tennis ace Kgothatso “KG” Montjane has won her first Super Series title as she and British doubles partner Jordanne Whiley won the USTA US Open in St Louis, United States.
The pair caused a major upset by defeating top seeded Dutch players Aniek van Koot and Jiske Griffioen 6-2 6-2 in the final of the USTA US Open, the last Super Series event on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour 2013.
Montjane, pictured right, and Whiley were playing their first event together since 2011 and their third event as doubles partners. The unseeded duo not only clinched the title in style but were also the first couple to defeat the Dutch pair since they won the silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympics. Montjane, who was also at last year’s Paralympics, is now the second African player to win a Super Series title.
Compatriot Lucas Sithole won the British Open singles title in July this year. Dreams like these are made a reality with the continued support from Airports Company South Africa, Wheelchair Tennis South Africa’s game sponsor.
In the women’s singles event Montjane, currently ranked sixth in the world, caused yet another upset by defeating world No4, Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands 7-5 7-6 (5) in the quarter-finals. Fifth-ranked Yui Kamiji of Japan, was KG’s next opponent. In that match Kamiji defeated KG in a closely contested match, 4-6 4-6 and went on to take the women’s singles title.
Sithole, South Africa’s No1 quads player and currently ranked third in the world, posted comfortable victories on route to the semi-final where he met the world No1 David Wagner (USA). Sithole has defeated Wagner twice in the past six months so all eyes were on this match.
But Wagner was the better player on the day defeating Sithole 7-6 6-3. In the doubles event, Sithole and partner Andy Lapthorne (GBR) reached the semi-finals where they lost a closely contested match to the top seeded American duo of Wagner and Nick Taylor 6-3 0-6 6-7.
These two inspirational South African Sport Stars are now off to the US Open Grand Slam in New York which will be held 5-8 September 2013.
ÔÇ£KG is an inspirational woman who works hard, is dedicated and very driven.┬á We are elated she won her first Super Series title. With the continued support of Airports Company South Africa, both KG and Lucas have prepared well, and had good results coming into the US Open Grand Slam. We are excited to see their performance on the big stage. ÔÇØ said WTSA manager, Karen Losch.