London Paralympian tennis player Kgothatso Montjane has battled her way through the round robin stages of the NEC Wheelchair Singles Masters in Mechelen, Belgium without a win but is positive the turnaround is coming, writes Mark Etheridge.
Montjane won her first round match at the Paralympics but lost her second due to pulling her abdominal muscles. She also battled with her fingers in London.
Her Mechelen mission provided valuable game time for our No1 women’s player despite losing all four of her matches.
Ranked first in South Africa and 10th in the world, 26-year-old Montjane took on players who were all ranked higher than her.
She came up against world No4 Jiske Griffioen first and the Netherlands player won 6-1 6-0, going on to win the tournament.
Next up was No7 Sharon Walraven also of the Netherlands who won 6-4-6-4, followed by a third Dutch player, Anniek van Koot (No1 in the world) and the score was 6-1 6-3 on this occasion.
Her fourth and final match was against world No8 Lucy Shuker of Britain, who won 6-4-6-3.
Said the Limpopo athlete, the first African player to qualify for these two tournaments: ÔÇ£It feels good to be back in the game after the long injury break. I am not in top form yet but my game is coming together nicely and I am looking forward to the Invacare Doubles Masters.ÔÇØ
The Invacare Masters is now underway and continues until 18 November. ÔÇ£It’s a privilege for me to participate in these esteemed and prestigious events, and an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the sport I love.ÔÇØ