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SA’s Montjane fights for US Open last eight slot

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Two months after meeting in the women’s singles quarter-final at the ITF 1 Series Toyota Open in France, South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane and Charlotte Famin will face each other again on Tuesday, for a place in the last eight at the US Open USTA Championships.

This is the sixth and last Super Series event on the 2018 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in St. Louis.

It will be a 10th career meeting between Wimbledon semi-finalist Montjane and France’s Famin, with the South African leading the series 6-3.

Montjane won two successive matches against world No 17 Famin in their last meetings, at the 2018 Toyota Open quarter-final and 2017 Swiss Open semi-final. World No 6 Montjane says despite leading in their head-to-head against Famin, she always ensures she’s at her very best approaching any match.

‘You always have to make sure you are on top of your game going into every match at this level of competition,’ commented Montjane.

‘This tournament is very important in preparation for next week’s US Open grand slam, so my goal is to try to play very well. I know in big events like this you will not have an easy opponent, so you have to play your best against the best players. You need to be ready for it,’ added Montjane.

If Montjane advances on schedule to the quarters, the Limpopo-born star could find herself up against second-seeded Roland Garros champion and world No2 Yui Kamiji.

Montjane has faced the Japanese former world No1 Kamiji 21 times before, who dominates with 17 wins.

When asked how she felt about a possibility of facing Kamiji in the quarter-final, the 32-year-old Montjane acknowledged that it was always a big test going against her but looks forward to the challenge.

‘It’s always a big test going up against any top 10 player, so I know it won’t be easy playing Kamiji, that’s if I make it to the last eight. She is one of the most consistent and talented players on tour.

‘You know that you can’t win against her if you don’t play your best. But I’m a competitor and I enjoy a challenge, so I will be looking forward to this one too,’ said Montjane.

Montjane’s participation in this tournament was made possible by generous funding from Makole Group, South African 100% black-owned infrastructure, property development and mining group.


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