Montjane moves into semifinals of Melbourne Open


South African womens No 1 and world No 7 Kgothatso Montjane during day three of the Airports Company South Africa SA Open at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium on May 1, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

JOHANNESBURG – Kgothatso Montjane secured a straight-sets victory over world No 2 Yui Kamiji of Japan to move into the semifinals of the Melbourne Wheelchair Tennis Open tournament in Melbourne on Tuesday.

The tournament is an International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 2 event, and part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

The South African and seventh seed produced a masterclass performance to beat her Japanese counterpart 6-3 6-2 to advance into the last four in Melbourne.

Montjane’s win against top seed Kamiji means she plays third seed Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock for a place in the final. It will be a repeat of last week’s Sydney Open women singles quarterfinal round where the South African ace sent the third seed Ellerbrock packing 6-4 7-6(5) who will try to avenge her Sydney Open loss on Wednesday.

Montjane has added another top title to her portfolio after winning the wheelchair tennis doubles at last weekend’s Apia Sydney Open. The Limpopo star and doubles partner Sabine Ellerbrock defeated fourth seeds Kanako Domori and Yui Kamiji of Japan in straight sets 6-2 6-4.

“It has a been a great journey so far in Australia, I played a great match today, I played my best tennis and made few mistakes and am very confident going into the big one, the Australian Open Grand Slam”, said Montjane.

In the quad’s event, top ranked South African Lucas Sithole wasted little time when he sped past Chile’s Pablo Araya 6-0 6-0. Sithole will now play Antony Cotterill of the Great Britain in the semifinal who overpowered Heath Davidson of Australia.