Our London Paralympian and current women’s No1 wheelchair tennis player, KJ Montjane is into the semi-finals of the French Open at Roland Garros, writes Mark Etheridge.
Now ranked sixth in the world, Montjane went out in the second round of the 2012 Paralympics when she lost to world No3, Jiske Griffioen, after pulling a stomach muscle during her warm-up.
But at Roland Garos she accounted for another Dutch player in her opening clash. She beat Sharon Walraven in three sets 7-6 (5) 1-6 6-4.
Coach Holger Losch, told Road to Rio 2016 after last year’s Paralympics that the world needed to look out for Montjane in years to come and it would certainly seem so. He said Montjane, who jetted in from Japan, had won a “hard grind after the long travel but she won throughÔÇØ.
In Japan, she reached the semi-finals of the singles tournament and the finals of the doubles (with Marjolein Buis of The Netherlands).
Next up for the Limpopo ace, who celebrated her 27th birthday this week, will now come up against Griffieon again on Thursday. She then teams up with Germany’s Katherina Kruger in the doubles semi-final.
On the other side of the net will be Griffieon (again!) and Dutch partner Anniek van Koot.