South Africa’s top ranked women’s player and world No8 Kgothatso ‘KG’ Montjane delivered a commanding performance to win her second Women’s Singles title at the Swiss Open, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) 1 level event, and part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour on Sunday.
The 28-year-old third seed, Montjane, easily disposed of fifth-seeded Michaela Spaanstra 6-4 6-4 in the women’s singles final to claim the title and to record her first win over the Dutch player, wrapping up the match in just 88 minutes.
The 37-year-old Spaanstra, had been a strong favourite to finally get her hands on the Coupe des Mousquetaires after beating world No7 Lucy Shuker and fourth-seed Katharina Kruger, but she was outplayed by Montjane.
Montjane downed world No4 Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock in the semi-final round in three sets to advance to the finals after Ellerbrock retired at 6-5 in the third set. The world No8 promptly blitzed the first set 6-4, lost the second but came back 7-5 in the third to see off Ellerbrock 6-4 6-7(4) 7-5. It was only the fourth time Montjane has defeated the German in the 16 encounters they met.
On Saturday, Montjane and Katharina Kruger of Germany won the women’s doubles title against Britain’s Shuker and Ellerbrock after Ellerbrock withdrew due to wrist injury.
‘I had a great tournament and I am really excited. It was an incredible atmosphere on court and I felt emotion like I never have before. I played my utmost best tennis ever’ said Montjane.
‘I didn’t start off well in both sets especially in the second set, I was 4-1 down but fought back, kept my composure and won five games in a row to close the set,’ added Montjane.
The country’s top men’s player, Evans Maripa was knocked out by top seed and world No2 Stephane Houdet 2-6 3-6 in the singles quarter-final round.
Maripa and Montjane will now move onto Jambes, Belgium for the ITF 1 Series tournament, Belgium Open from 28 July-1 August.
Participation in events like these is made possible by the game sponsor, Airports Company South Africa who has been the major sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) for the past eleven years.