MONTJANE READY FOR ROLAND GARROS RUN
South Africa’s highest ranked women’s wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane will be amongst the star-studded line-up to battle it out at the French Open Grand Slam which starts from June 7-9 in Roland Garros, Paris.
The Limpopo-born star who broke into the top 6 of the world rankings last season said she was ready to fight and improve on her quarter-final finish in 2014 in Paris.
Montjane has been close to breaking into the final round at Roland Garros. In 2013, she fell to Dutch world number 1 Jiske Griffioen in the singles semi-final round. In 2014, the left-hander was very close to reaching the semi-finals again before world number 3 Aniek van Koot from the Netherlands fought back to clinch the match in two sets.
“I have been training very hard the past few weeks,” Montjane said. “I plan to stage my best game in France. Hopefully I can do something big this year.”
The 31-year-old who will be making her third appearance at Roland Garros, thinks this year could be different. She's spent the past two seasons with a new coach, Gerald Stoffberg and believes her game has improved a lot.
“I feel great with the progress we have made with Gerald and happy with the way I'm playing so far. I think I'm ready for the tournament,” Montjane said.
Montjane's season got off to a good start reaching the Sydney Open singles quarter-finals and reaching the Australian Open Grand Slam doubles semi-final round earlier this year.
Aside from competing in Paris – the tournament that gathers the world’s top players – Montjane will go on to represent the country at the Toyota Open International de L'ile de Re (ITF level 1) and BNP Paribas Open de France (ITF Super Series), from June 12-17 and June 19-24 respectively also in France.
Montjane thanked the Women Development Bank (WDB) who made the participation in these events possible by a generous donation, “A big thank you to WDB for their support! I won’t only represent myself in France, but SASCOC, Wheelchair Tennis South Africa, WDB and the whole of South Africa for their contribution and support to my journey.”