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Montjane beats the rain to win through to semi finals at ACSA SA Open

In a rain interrupted Monday, South African wheelchair tennis ace KG Montjane braved the weather and won through to the semi-finals of the women’s singles of the Airports Company South Africa SA Open being played at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

The fourth seeded Limpopo star overcame a slow start but had a strong finish when she beat fifth seed Katharina Kruger of Germany 6-4 6-0.

Montjane broke early in the first set and raced to a 4-1 lead. But Kruger then broke back and leveled the set at 4-4. Montjane regrouped and won eight games on the trot to win through to tomorrow (Tuesday’s) semi-final.

“I was really tight in the opening set, especially when I lost my 4-1 lead. I felt I had broken down mentally. But then I focused and put my mind to the task and got strong, Katharina got frustrated and I capitalized on her frustration” said Montjane.

In Tuesday’s semi-final, Montjane will come up against top seed Majolein Buis of Netherlands who beat six seed Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain 6-4 6-1. Montjane and Buis, the world number 4 have met three times before with Buis having won all three encounters.

The other semi-final will be contested by second seed Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany and third seed Sharon Walraven of Netherlands.

Rain played havoc with the tournament organizers all day. The start of the Quads singles semi-final was delayed two hours due to rain. Finally the players took to court and South African second seed Lucas Sithole and his unseeded semi-final opponent Boaz Kramer of Israel after two rain delays were locked at set all 3-6 6-2 when the rain fell again. Top seeded Andrew Lapthorne of Great Britain was in trouble against fourth seeded Shraga Weinberg of Israel in the second Quad semi-final. Weinberg won the opening set 6-2 but was down 0-3 in the second set when the rain came down and play was called off for the day.

None of the scheduled Men’s singles quarter-finals managed to go on court and tomorrow (Tuesday) play will start at 08h30 with all the Men’s singles quarterfinals from today (Monday) being scheduled first.

Published by The BLD Group