Maripa, Montjane posts an SA double in Brisbane
South African wheelchair tennis players, Kgothatso Montjane and Evans Maripa ransacked the seasoning opening event, the Queensland Open, in Brisbane, Australia where they both clinched the mens and womens singles titles this past weekend. The tournament, an ITF 2 Series event, on the 2015 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour was characterized by extreme heat thus forcing the event to run late into the night at times, something the South Africans cherished based on the current heat wave in South Africa.
Maripa overcame extreme humidity and heat to bag a first career win over Japan's world No. 8 Takashi Sanada after an outstanding duel in which Maripa collapsed to a 1-6 loss in the first set. The South African however strung a few games together in the second set to elongate Sanada's grunt in the third set before fending off the challenge from the Japanese seasoned player. It ended 16 63 75 in favour of Maripa and handed the 24-year-old a second victory over a top ten player, and a new career high ranking of world no 13.
Montjane ensured a brace of victories for the SA contingency in the women's albeit with less turbulence and drama. The finals saw the first set being decided in a tie breaker against the world no 10 Lucy Shuker (GBR). Montjane's confidence soared to new levels in the second set as she rallied her way to the singles title Down Under with a 76(4) 62 scoreline and in the process moved her to a number 8 world ranking.
Montjane and Shuker buried the hatchet after their singles duel to oust Charlotte Famin of France and Katharina Kruger of Germany 63 61 in the women's doubles, decisive round-robin contest. A clearly elated Montjane and upbeat Maripa will be hoping to continue the winning streak at the next stop of the tour in Sydney, Australia for a Super Series event. This event, the Sydney Open Wheelchair Tennis Open Is planned to take place from 13-17 January 2015.
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and Airports Company South Africa Partnership:
The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is the official sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and the sport of wheelchair tennis. Airports Company South Africa has contributed no less than R24-million to date and has committed to a continued investment in the sport as its flagship Corporate Social Investment programme.