MONTJANE ENDS YEAR IN STYLE
South African leading women’s wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane put the finishing touch to the magnificent season by edging out her doubles partner Charlotte Famin from France 7-5 6-3 to win her first Prague Cup singles title, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 2 event which ended in Czech Republic on Sunday.
Montjane demonstrated the talent and resilience that had seen her without dropping a set in the tournament and making it a double in Prague. The Limpopo star continued her complete dominance with another immaculate display in the doubles event with partner Charlotte Famin. The two joined forces to make it a quick work defeating Russian pair of Ludmila Bubnova and Viktoria Lvova 6-0 7-6(2) to bag the doubles title.
The 30-year-old continue to hit her stride in the history books as a month ago, she claimed another slice of history streaking to her second US Open Super Series doubles crown in America.
Montjane finished in second place at last year’s event after she lost to Diede de Groot (NED) 3-6 6-2 6-3 in the finals but she returned to Prague confident to be a victor.
“It’s an awesome way to finish the year. I finished in the second place here in Prague last year and told myself that I want the top prize this year. Ending the season with a win always gives you something to take with into the next year,” said Montjane.
Meanwhile, in the men’s tournament, South African world number 13 Evans Maripa cruised through to the last two without dropping a set but was suppressed and prevented from winning the top prize by top seed Takuya Miki from Japan. Maripa was eliminated in the finals on Sunday by the world number 11 in a hard fought 7-5 7-5 thriller.
Participation in events like these is made possible by the game sponsor, Airports Company South Africa who has been the major sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) for the past eleven years.
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 R36-million to date and has committed to a continued investment in the sport as its flagship Corporate Social Investment programme.