South African women’s leading wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane claimed her own slice of history at the weekend with partner Macarena Cabrillana, streaking to her second US Open doubles crown at St. Louis in America.
The South African-Chilean duo downed Dana Mathewson (USA) and Lucy Shuker (GBR) with a stunning 6-2 4-6 6-4 win to record their major doubles title in team debut.
The 30-year-old Montjane is hitting her stride in the history books, with the Limpopo native still the first and only woman from South Africa to lift the US Open doubles trophy and her fifth International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super Series title.
“I can’t explain with words what this win means to me, I was hoping to make it a double and win the singles title but I am very happy with what I have achieved”, said Montjane.
In the singles event, the world number nine cruised through to the last four without dropping a set but was outplayed by Britain’s Lucy Shuker 6-3 7-6(6).
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) General Manager Karen Losch said: “As it is one of our aims at WTSA to develop champions, we are very proud of the achievements of our athletes and we continue to give them support.
“We are delighted that they have already taken a further step into the sport and in doing so have become role models for future generations,” said Losch.
Photo 1 caption: SA wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane has made history by earning her second US Open doubles title with Chilean partner Macarena Cabrillana in St. Louis, USA, on the weekend. Photo Credit: Macarena Cabrillana on Instagram
Photo 2 caption: “I can’t explain with words what this win means to me,” said Montjane on winning her second US Open doubles title on the weekend, marking her fifth International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super Series title. Photo: Reg Caldecott
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