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In-form Montjane moves into Melbourne final
- Updated: January 20, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
She claimed doubles victory with Sabine Ellerbrock at Sydney at the weekend… and on Tuesday KG Montjane claimed her spot in the finals of the Melbourne Open after Ellerbrock retired injured from their singles tennis match.
After beating the world’s second-ranked wheelchair player Ui Kamiji of Japan 6-3 6-2 in the quarters she came up against world No4 Ellerbrock. And the Limpopo Paralympian would have been somewhat relieved that she didn’t have to go the whole way in her semi-finals as Ellerbock pulled out in the first set.
Speaking after her win against tournament top seed Kamiji she said: ‘Despite the fatigue, I just focused on being mentally tough in the match. Stringing these performances early in the year are indicative of good things to come in 2016 and beyond,’ she added. ‘My journey to the podium is in full swing and consistency is imperative in ensuring we are potential medal contenders later in the year.’
Montjane will also be in double action in Melbourne where she teams up with Britain’s Louise Hunt.