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Another international title for Paralympian Montjane
- Updated: March 26, 2014
South Africa’s top women’s wheelchair tennis star and 2012 Olympian, Kgothatso Montjane has added another title to her name.
She won the doubles event at the 25th annual Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, an ITF Grade 1 event played at the Lamar Tennis Centre in Baton Rouge, LA, USA.
Top seeds Montjane and doubles partner Jordanne Whiley (GBR), pictured right, had comfortable wins to reach the semi-finals where they faced the fourth seeded duo of Jiske Griffioen (NED) and F. Mardones (CHI), defeating them 7-5 6-0.
Montjane and Whiley were playing only their second event together after winning the USTA US Open Super Series in September last year.
The final between Montjane and Whiley and Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) and┬á Lucy Shuker (GBR) proved to be the match of the tournament, with Montjane and Whiley eventually claiming the title 7-6 (3) 3-6 11-9. Montjane and Whiley have now proved yet again they are a doubles combination to be reckoned with.
In the open singles event Montjane reached the quarter finals where she lost to Marjolein Buis (NED) 6-1 3-6 6-2.
Montjane says, ÔÇ£I am happy with the doubles win and have seen where I need to concentrate on in my singles game. I look forward to the Pensacola Open in a few days.ÔÇØ
South Africa’s top-ranked mens player, Evans Maripa won his first match against Larry Keeter (USA) 6-1 6-0 to face world No8 T Miki (JPN). Maripa played focused tennis, and showed why he is considered as one of the most talented players on the tour. After a slow start he took Miki to a close three-set match, eventually losing 6-0 6-7 (2) 7-5.
Through the support from Airports Company South Africa, Montjane and Maripa will be taking part in the Pensacola Open this week after which they will return to South Africa to prepare for the two events we are hosting ÔÇô the ACSA Gauteng Open from 23-27 April, and the ACSA SA Open from 29 April-3 May.
SA Sports Awards Coach of the Year 2013; Holger Losch said: ÔÇ£I am elated and proud of KG’s doubles win. KG and Evans are taking away as much as they can from these tournaments, in preparation for the upcoming Super Series in South Africa.ÔÇØ