Montjane shines in US Open

Montjane glided into the quarter-final round on a rainy day at the sixth and last Super Series event on the 2018 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Fifth-seeded Montjane, who has been in sizzling form since reaching the Wimbledon semi-final last month, wasted no time in making her presence felt as she dashed past 15th-ranked Famin of France 6-0 6-1 to set up a quarter-final blockbuster against Japanese world number two, Yui Kamiji.

For Montjane, ranked number six globally, it was arguably her best victory against Famin since their first ever match at the 2014 Airports Company South Africa Gauteng Open in Johannesburg.

“I feel good,” commented Montjane.

“This was a good match, I played my best tennis and played Charlotte a lot better than before when we met at the Toyota Open earlier this year in France. This is arguably the best results against her since we first met.

Taking every match extremely serious always helps as you prepare yourself well enough for any opponent and that’s what helped me today,” added Montjane following victory.

Montjane had beaten the former world number nine in straight sets in their two previous meetings, eliminating her this year from the Toyota Open in France and the 2017 Swiss Open in Geneva.

The left-hander from Seshego in Limpopo met the number two seed from Japan, Yui Kamiji, in the quarter-final but despite fighting like a lion, her hopes of reaching her second singles semi-final round at the US Open ended in an exhilarating 7-5 6-2 defeat.

The 32-year-old Montjane now moves on to the US Open which starts from 6 to 9 September in New York, the event will mark Montjane’s fourth Grand Slam in 2018.

The Japanese former world number one, Kamiji won their last nine meetings and the last time Montjane defeated her was at the Melbourne Open in 2016 in Australia.

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