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Montjane makes winning start to Sardinia Open campaign

Kgothatso Montjane, South Africa’s top ranked women’s wheelchair tennis ace, has made a successful start to her Sardinia Open campaign in Italy, just a week since her return from the US Open in New York, USA.

Top-seeded Montjane produced a clean sweep 6-0 6-0 win over world No68 Annabelle Ribeaud of Switzerland to advance into the quarter-final round of the International Tennis Federation level One tournament.

‘I’m very pleased, nothing beats starting a tournament with a straight sets win,’ the Wimbledon semi-final Montjane from Seshego, Limpopo said after the win. ‘I was hitting the ball very well throughout the whole match.’

World No5 Montjane, who reached the US Open Grand Slam semi-final earlier this month, will next face fifth seed and world No15 Charlotte Famin from France who eased past Italian Lauro Marianna 6-2 6-1. Montjane leads the Frenchwoman 7-3 in their head-to-head meetings.

The last time they played each other was in the US Open USTA Championships round of 16 in St. Louis, USA last month and the 32-year-old Montjane dispatched Famin 6-0 6-1.

‘I have played Charlotte a few times and she’s a very solid player, so I’ll go into the match with everything, stick to my game plan and hope to do as well as I did today,’ said Montjane.

In the doubles, Montjane and her British partner Louise Hunt went down to top seeds Giulia Capocci of Italy and Famin 2-6 2-6 in the quarter-final round.

In the quads event, two-time Grand Slam champion Lucas Sithole and promising star Donald Ramphadi swept past Italy’s Davide Giozet and partner James Shaw of Britain to reach the quads doubles semi-final.

Sithole and Ramphadi who were playing together for the first time in a double’s competition, edged out the Italian-British pair 6-1 6-0 and they will next face second seeds Anders Hård of Sweden and Italian Antonio Raffaele for a place in the final.

PHOTO: South Africa’s top ranked women’s wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane


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