The Netherlands wheelchair tennis star Marjolein Buis staked her claim to the champions circle at the Airports Company South Africa SA Open at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, after she beat crowd favourite and SA number one Kgothatso Montjane 6-3 6-3 on Saturday, to claim the Women’s Singles title.
“I wanted to win the Women’s Singles and Doubles titles, and I am incredibly proud that I was able to achieve my goals,” said Buis, who partnered with Britain’s Lucy Shuker to defeat Montjane and Germany’s Katharina Kruger 6-1 6-2.
“There is absolutely no question about my coming back next year,” she said.
“I love coming to South Africa, because we are always made to feel very welcome here. Now that the SA Open is a Super Series event on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, it will continue to attract the top players in the world and that makes it an event no one should miss.”
Montjane was obviously disappointed with the loss, especially after she broke the Dutch players’ serve twice in the second set and had the chance to take the set to a tie break.
“Yes, I am disappointed, but I let my frustrations get to me,” the Limpopo player said after her first Super Series final.
“The match was incredibly slow for me, because I am used to playing at a much faster pace. This is something I will need to get used to as I am going to face opponents like Marjolein in the future.”
Montjane said that beating Jiske Griffioen, the world number three, in the finals of the ACSA Gauteng Open and the ACSA SA Open semi-finals has given her a lot of confidence, though.
“I’m looking forward to the rest of the season,” said Montjane. “I feel very confident after these two weeks. I’m ready to go out there and challenge and to get more experience. Who knows, semi-finals last year, finals this year; maybe next year I’ll lift the trophy.”
Singles Final Results on Day 5 of the Airports Company South Africa SA Open, an International Wheelchair Tennis tournament, part of the NEC World Wheelchair Tennis Tour, played at the Ellis Park in Johannesburg, on Saturday, 13 April, 2013: 2-Marjolein Buis (Ned) bt 4-Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) 6-3 6-3 Singles Semi-Final Results on Day 3 of the ACSA SA Open, on 11 April, 2013: 4-Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) bt 1-Jiske Griffieon (Ned) 2-6 7-5 6-0 2-Marjolein Buis (Ned) bt 3-Lucy Shuker (GBR) 6-4 6-4 Singles Quarter-Finals Results on Day 2 of the ACSA SA Open, on 10 April, 2013: 3-Lucy Shuker (GBR) bt Thando Hlatswayo (RSA) 6-0 6-0 4-Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) bt Katherina Kruger (Ger) 6-4 6-1 1-Jiske Griffieon (Ned) bt Mariska Venter (RSA) 6-0 6-0 2-Marjolien Buis (Ned) bt Mabel Mankgele (RSA) 6-0 6-0 Singles First Round Results on Day 1 of the ACSA SA Open, on 9 April, 2013: Click here to read the ACSA SA Open Day 1 report on gsport Thando Hlatswayo (RSA) bt Lethaba Shai (RSA) 6-2 6-0 3-Lucy Shuker (GBR) bt Dipuo Molefe (RSA) 6-0 6-0 4-Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) bt Rose van der Meer (RSA) 6-1 6-0 Mariska Venter (RSA) bt Tsholofelo Sibanda (RSA) 6-0 6-0 Mabel Mankgele (RSA) bt Nomo-Afrika Gxumisa (RSA) 6-1 6-0 Katherina Kruger (Ger) bt Christine Schoenn (Fra) 6-4 6-3 (With editing by gsport)