South Africa’s top women’s wheelchair tennis star, Kgothatso Montjane added another title to her name when she won the doubles event at the 25th annual Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, an ITF Grade 1 event that took place from 19-23 March 2014 at the Lamar Tennis Centre in Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, USA.
The women’s doubles final between Kgothatso Montjane and doubles partner Jordanne Whiley (GBR) versus Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) and Katharina Shuker (GBR) proved to be the match of the tournament, with Montjane and Whiley eventually claiming the title 7-6(3), 3-6, 11-9.
Montjane and Whiley proved yet again they are a doubles combination to be reckoned with, playing their second event together after winning the USTA US Open Super Series, last year in September.
Earlier in the tournament, top seeds Montjane and doubles partner Whiley had comfortable wins over their opponents to reach the semi-finals, where they faced the fourth-seed duo of Jiske Griffioen (NED) and Fernado Mardones (CHI), defeating them 7-5, 6-0.
In the open singles event Kgothatso Montjane reached the quarter finals where she lost to Marjolein Buis (NED) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
Montjane says, “I am happy with the doubles win and have seen where I need to concentrate on in my singles game. I look forward to the Pensacola Open in a few days.”
Through the support from Airports Company South Africa, Montjane will be taking part in the Pensacola Open 26-30 March 2014, after which she will return to South Africa to prepare for the ACSA Gauteng Open, from 23-27 April 2014, and the ACSA SA Open, from 29 April to 3 May 2014.
SA Sports Awards Coach of the Year 2013; Holger Losch said: “I am elated and proud of Kg’s doubles win, taking away as much as she can from these tournaments in preparation for the upcoming Super Series in South Africa.”
Participation in local and international tournaments such as these is made possible by the generous sponsorships offered by Airports Company South Africa, the official sponsor of the sport.
Photo caption: Kgothatso Montjane, South Africa’s no.1 women’s wheelchair tennis player, ranked no.7 in the world, together with Jordanne Whiley (GBR), after the pair won the women’s doubles championship, at the Cajun Classic tournament in Baton Rouge, USA. Photo: William Greiner
(With editing by gsport)