South African wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso ‘KG’ Montjane and doubles partner Jordanne Whiley of Britain prevailed 5-7, 6-1, 11-9 over Dutch pair Marjolein Buis and Michaela Spaanstra to claim their first Belgium Open doubles title in Jambes, Belgium on Saturday. Montjane and Whiley were playing in their first tournament together this year and they believe their combination works well. Montjane says: ‘We get along well on and off court. That is crucial as a doubles team. We always have a lot of fun on court and I really enjoy playing with Jordanne. This is my first Belgian Open doubles title. I’m so happy with my win and I hope that we can play more tournaments together. It has been great two weeks of tennis for me after winning the Swiss Open singles and doubles titles last week.’
The 29-year old was knocked out in the women singles semi-final round by her doubles partner Jordanne Whiley 2-6, 4-6. It was the first time the Brit world number 5 defeated Montjane in the 5 encounters they met. In the men’s division, the country’s top ranked player and sixth-seeded Evans Maripa crashed out in the quarter-final round.
Maripa lost to world number 11 Adam Kellerman of Australia 2-6, 4-6.
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