South Africa’s top women’s wheelchair tennis star, Kgothatso Montjane added another title to her name when she won the doubles event at the 25th annual Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, an ITF Grade 1 event that took place from 19-23 March 2014 at the Lamar Tennis Centre in Baton Rouge, LA, USA. Top seeds Kgothatso Montjane and doubles partner Jordanne Whiley (Great Britain) had comfortable wins over their opponents to reach the semi-finals where they faced the fourth seed duo of Jiske Griffioen (Netherlands) and Fernando Mardones (Chile), defeating them 7-5, 6-0. Montjane and Whiley were playing their 2nd event together after winning the USTA US Open Super Series last year September 2013.
The women’s doubles final between Montjane and Whiley versus Ellerbrock (Germany) and Shuker (Great Britan) proved to be the match of the tournament, with Montjane and Whiley eventually claiming the title 7-6(3), 3-6, 11-9. Montjane and Whiley proved yet again they are a doubles combination to be reckoned with. In the open singles event Kgothatso Montjane reached the quarter-finals where she lost to Marjolein Buis (NED) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
South Africa’s number one men’s player, Evans Maripa won his first match against Larry Keeter (USA) 6-1, 6-0 to face world number eight Takuya Miki (Japan). Maripa played focused tennis and showed why he is considered one of the most talented players on the tour. After a slow start he took Miki to a close three set match, eventually losing 6-0, 6-7(2), 7-5.
Montjane says, “I am happy with the doubles win and have seen where I need to concentrate on in my singles game. I look forward to the Pensacola Open in a few days.” Through the support from Airports Company South Africa, Montjane and Maripa will be taking part in the Pensacola Open 26-30 March 2014 after which they will return to South Africa to prepare for the two events we are hosting – the Airports Company South Africa Gauteng Open 23-27 April 2014, and the Airports Company South Africa SA Open 29 April–3 May 2014.
SA Sports Awards Coach of the Year 2013 Holger Losch said, “I am elated and proud of Kg’s doubles win. Kg and Evans are taking away as much as they can from these tournaments, in preparation for the upcoming Super Series in South Africa.”
Photo: Kgothatso Montjane and Jordanne Whiley
Photo credit: William Greiner