KG Eyeing Top Four Spot

by | Jan 22, 2013

SA No. 1 wheelchair tennis player KG Montjane becomes the first player from the African continent to compete in a Grand Slam event, when she takes on top-seed and world no. 2 Aniek van Koot in the opening round on Wednesday, 23 January, 2013. Photo: SuppliedThe 2013 Australian Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships gets underway at Melbourne Park on Wednesday, 23 January, and is the first Grand Slam tournament on the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Participation in the woman’s draw is limited to the top eight women in the world.

South Africa has the honour of being represented by its top wheelchair tennis player, Kgothatso Montjane, or KG, as she is fondly known.

KG is the first player from the African continent to be invited to compete in a wheelchair tennis Grand Slam event.

KG is determined to make 2013 her year, and has set her sights on being the first African wheelchair tennis player to be ranked in the top four in the world. This would add to her already impressive record of firsts.

In 2012 she became the first African wheelchair tennis player to be nominated for IPC Athlete of the month, in addition to becoming the first African wheelchair tennis player to be invited to compete in the esteemed World Singles and Doubles Masters.

It is clear that the sky is the limit for this phenomenal, steadfast and inspiring athlete.

The draw ceremony for the Australian Open took place on Monday, 21 January where KG, currently ranked no. 10 in the world, drew the top-seed and world no. 2- ranked Aniek van Koot in the world in the first round.

Although a challenging draw, KG has never shied away from competition, and is the only player in the world to have defeated Aniek in the run-up to the Paralympics.

 

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