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Montjane wraps up another title Down Under
- Updated: January 21, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Another week, another city… and another title! That was the success story of 2012 Paralympian wheelchair tennis player Kgothatso Montjane on Thursday.
She wrapped up yet another doubles title to her already impressive CV as she marched to a Melbourne Open doubles title.
This after winning the Apia Sydney International title at the weekend.
The first title came with Sabine Ellerbock at her side and in Melbourne she exchanged her German partner for a British team-mate in the shape of Louise Hunt.
The latter two beat China’s Hui Min Huang and Zhenzhen Zhu with a straight sets score of 6-4 6-2.
Earlier seventh seeded Montjane had reached the final of the singles division but weariness got the better of her and she lost to Netherlands opponent Marjolein Buis, 6-3 6-3.
Said the 29-year-old from Limpopo: ‘It’s been a great few weeks for me in Australia. To win the super series doubles title was a great achievement. Then to back it up and win the Melbourne Open was just great, I feel like I’m really playing a solid game,’ said Montjane. ‘This is more of a confidence booster and achieving good results before such a big tournament is very important. Now I feel prepared for the Australian Open Grand Slam,” added Montjane.
In the quads division in Melbourne, SA’s world No3 Lucas Sithole produced a virtuoso display of attacking tennis but lost to his nemesis, fourth seed Andy Lapthorne of Britain. Lapthorne ended Sithole’s hope in a three-setter 7-5 0-6 7-5 to claim the title in Melbourne.
Next up for the SA duo is the wheelchair division of the year’s first Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open, and to be played between 27-30 January.
Picture of Montjane courtesy of Tennis Australia