TOUGH OPENING DAY FOR MONTJANE AND SITHOLE AT NEC MASTERS
South African wheelchair tennis aces Kgothatso Montjane and Lucas Sithole both lost their opening round-robin group matches on the first day of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday.
Both Montjane and Sithole showed fighting spirit in their respective matches making their opponents work hard for their victories.
Wimbledon semi-finalist Montjane put herself in a strong position in the opening set of her women’s singles Group B match against UNIQLO Doubles Masters champion Aniek Van Koot from the Netherlands, but the world number 3 Van Koot held on for a 7-5 6-2 victory.
The world number 5 Montjane from Limpopo will now go on to face another Dutch player Marjolein Buis in her second match on Thursday at the season-ending tournament which only invites the world's top-ranked players.
This will be a repeat of the 2017 NEC Masters which the Dutch world number 7 Buis won 6-3 7-6(8).
In the quads event, former US Open champion Lucas Sithole staged a fight but had a much tougher time in Group A against the world number 1 David Wagner, with American reigning and ten-time champion winning 6-3 6-4.
The tournament invites the top eight men's and women's players and the top six in the quads.
You can follow the action at http://www2.tennisticker.de/usa/ustanc/sb.html?tournid=384 or livestreaming on Facebook at Wheelchair Tennis SA