Kgothatso Montjane, the 5th seed of South Africa in action against Marjolein Buis (NED) in the women's quarterfinals during day 3 of the Airports Company South Africa SA Open at Ellis Park Tennis Complex on April 16, 2015 in Johannesburg.
JOHANNESBURG – South African women’s leading wheelchair tennis player, Kgothatso Montjane, has qualified for her eighth Grand Slam tournament, joining the top seven ranked women among the field of 20 for the 2017 US Open Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in New York.
Kgothatso Montjane has been playing tennis since 18 & took part in her 3rd Paralympics. Montjane was ranked no 5 in the world back in 2013 pic.twitter.com/IqhjqpU4lF— Mpho Maboi (@MphoMaboi) August 16, 2017
The event will be held from September 7 to 10 at the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre at Flushing Meadow in New York, with the total purse for the event being $200,000 (R2.66 million).
The world no 8 will make her third trip to the prestigious final Grand Slam on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, which is in its 10th year. The event returns to the calendar after dates coincided with the Rio Paralympic tennis event in 2016.
Montjane reached the quarter-final round in both 2013 and 2014, losing to world no 1 Yui Kamiji from Japan and world no 5 Aniek van Koot from the Netherlands, respectively.
Kgothatso Montjane qualified for her eighth Grand Slam tournament, joining the top seven ranked women for the 2017 US Open in New York pic.twitter.com/SvbjB6A88Z— PowerSport (@Power987Sport) August 15, 2017
“I’m very excited going back to New York again this year,” said Montjane.
“It’s been an amazing and consistent year for me so far, and I’m excited to be part of this elite group going to compete in the US Open Grand Slam.
“I just came back from a four-week tour, which gave me an opportunity to play against some of the top-ranked athletes I’ll meet in the US Open. After a few weeks of hard work on court, I hope to play the best in New York.”
Montjane clinched five titles this year, including the Swiss Open, Joburg Open and Busan Open titles. Montjane qualified to join the elite group, after world no 3 Jiske Griffioen from the Netherlands withdrew from the tournament.
The top seven ranked players as of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Rankings of July 17, plus one wildcard, make up the eight players for the men’s and women’s events.
The top three ranked players as of July 17, plus one wild card, make up the four players for the quad event.