MONTJANE MAKES IT TO HER FIRST U.S. OPEN SEMI-FINAL
South Africa’s highest ranked wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane reached her first US Open Grand Slam semi-final round as she beat Lucy Shuker from Britain in straight sets at the USTA National Tennis Center in New York on Friday.
Montjane triumphed 6-4 6-4 after just an hour and 23 minutes on Court 6 to extend her lead against the Brit 11-5 in their head-to-head series.
The Wimbledon semi-finalist Montjane becomes the first South African wheelchair tennis player to reach the semi-final round in New York since quad ace Lucas Sithole in 2013.
“It feels amazing to have been out there and gave this match my best. I can still improve on a few things but I’m happy to finally manage to make it to the US Open semi-final round,” said Montjane
The 32-year-old had never made it beyond the quarter-final round in Flushing Meadow in three previous attempts but has been in sparkling form this time and will harbor genuine hopes of going at least a stage further in the last grand slam tournament on the 2018 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
The world number 6 Montjane will now attempt to overturn a losing record against Roland Garros champion and world number 2 Yui Kamiji from Japan (18-4) on Saturday. The Japanese former world number 1 whitewashed Dutch world number 5 Marjolein Buis to advance to the last 4.
“It’s a huge match against Yui Kamiji, for sure. But I am here to compete, so I will give it my best and hope for better results,” commented Montjane.
Montjane will team up with her American partner Dana Mathewson later tonight to face-off against Dutch second seeds Marjolein Buis and Aniek van Koot for a place in the women’s doubles final.
They will play the last match at Louis Armstrong Stadium.