MONTJANE KNOCKED OUT IN SYDNEY OPEN QUARTER-FINALS
South Africa’s leading women’s wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane is out of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Sydney Open Super Series event, meanwhile quad ace Lucas Sithole cruised into the semi-final round on Thursday in Sydney, Australia.
World number 2 Diede de Groot from the Netherlands ended Montjane’s remarkable run in the women’s quarter-final round following a straight-sets defeat to advance into the semi-final.
The two rivals are used to pushing each other to the limit but the 31-year-old seventh seed from Limpopo was second best throughout to powerful-hitting Wimbledon champion De Groot, losing 6-2 6-2 at Black Town Tennis Centre Stanhope in Sydney.
It is the Dutchwoman second seed's fourth victory over Montjane and she will now play compatriot world number 5 Aniek van Koot for a place in the final.
"Diede de Groot deserved to win today, she was definitely the better player on the court,” said Montjane following the match.
Montjane’s Sydney Open campaign is over for another year but the world number 7 could take pride in her sizzling performance with doubles partner Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock winning a typically gruelling doubles quarter-final match against Marjolein Buis from the Netherlands and Katharina Kruger from Germany 5-7 6-1 6-4 on Wednesday.
The South African-German pair were however denied a spot in the final by top seeds Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot both from the Netherlands losing 6-3 6-4 on Thursday.
The country’s top ranked quad ace Lucas Sithole got his campaign underway on Thursday against world number 23 Shota Kawano from Japan, a rematch of the 2015 semi-final in Sydney.
The world number 4 Sithole booked a semi-final showdown with defending champion and tournament favourite Dylan Alcott after dominating the Japanese to seal a 6-2 6-3 victory.
The semi-final match is scheduled on Friday at 09:00 am Sydney, Australian Time.