Weary Montjane Exits Roland Garros

by | Jun 7, 2013

Roland Garros logoWheelchair tennis ace Kg Montjane was ousted from the French Open in Paris, when the SA no. 1 was beaten on the red clay of Roland Garros in both the singles and doubles semi-finals on Thursday.

In her singles match, Montjane went down to second seed and world number two Jiske Griffioen of the Netherlands 1-6 3-6.

A rather nervous Montjane lost the opening set in less than 30 minutes. In the second set, Montjane regrouped and fought hard, but still never found the “groove” that has got her to the world number six ranking.

Montjane had arrived in Europe on a long-haul flight the day before – after her performances at the Japan Open, and managed win her opening round match against Sharon Walraven 7-6 (5) 1-6 6-4 on Wednesday.

But on Thursday things didn’t go Montjane’s way, and to add insult to her singles defeat, the top-seeded Dutch combination of Griffioen and Anniek van Koot beat Montjane and her German partner, Katherina Kruger, 6-1 6-1.

“It wasn’t a good day for me on court today,” admitted Montjane. “I really tried my best, but could never get into my playing game. I felt I had chances, especially in the second set, but then could not convert them, made silly mistakes and far too many unforced errors.”


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