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SA’s Montjane and Morch win international doubles title
- Updated: September 21, 2015
South African Paralympian KG Montjane teamed up with Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Morch to clinch the Toyota Open International de L’ile de Re doubles tennis title against Dutch pair Marjolein Buis and Diede De Groot at the weeekend.
Montjane played a decisive role in the doubles to emerge victorious.
Neither of the top two seeded partnerships featured in the final after the third seeds Montjane and Morch (pictured above) completed a comfortable 6-3 6-0 win over second seeds Michaela Spaanstra and Kaitlyn Verfuerth in the semi-final clash.
The match was suspended after rain had brought an early end to Friday’s fourth day of play when the pair were up by a set and 3-0. The match resumed on Saturday and the third seeds wasted no time in pulling off an amazing win, taking all three games to wrap up a 6-3 6-0 victory.
However the title decider provided both sets of finalists with a much tougher challenge before Montjane and Morch eventually sealed a thrilling 6-4 4-6 (10-7) victory over the Dutch pair.
In the men’s tournament, the country’s top ranked Evans Maripa lost to top seed Joachim Gerard of Belgium 2-6 4-6 in the quarter-finals. Maripa and doubles partner Robinson Mendez were knocked out in round one after top seeds Michael Jeremiasz and Nicolas Peifer produced an incredible triumph to clinch the match in straight sets 6-1 6-1.
Montjane and Maripa will now go on to represent the country at the Sardinia Open, also an ITF level 1 event at Alghero in Italy starting from Tuesday and ending on 26 September.