South African top wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane reached a Grand Slam doubles final for the first time on Friday morning at the US Open, where she and partner Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany eliminated the second seeds.
The 33-year-old South African and Ellerbrock, dominated second-seeded Marjolein Buis from the Netherlands and American Dana Mathewson 6-1 in the opening set, but the Dutch-American duo rebounded to take the second set 6-4.
However, Montjane and Ellerbrock regained control in the deciding set, taking it 10-6 to secure a place in the final at Flushing Meadow. On Saturday, the South African-German pair will face Dutch top-seeds Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot in the final.
While it will be the first Grand Slam doubles final for Montjane, she isn’t unfamiliar with the Grand Slam exploits. The current world number five from Seshego in Limpopo became the first African woman to play at Wimbledon last year and reached the semi-final round.
Montjane will be in action today at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York when she begins her singles campaign against American Dana Mathewson.
Photo 1 Caption: Kgothatso Montjane, South Africa’s wheelchair tennis ace has progressed to her first doubles Grand Slam final together with German partner Sabine Ellerbrock. Photo: Tennis South Africa
With editing by gsport