Locals on top at tennis Open

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

South Africans again came out on top in the ACSA Pretoria Wheelchair Tennis Open which ended yesterday.

Top-seeded players Kgothatso Montjane and Sydwell Mathonsi won the women and men's singles finals of the tournament.

Montjane has now qualified for the Beijing Paralympics in September.

The 21-year-old said her qualification made all her sacrifices worthwhile.

"Sometimes I work so hard even at the expense of my studies. Winning this tournament is a good indication of things to come.

"It is a reward for all the hard work I have had to put in," Montjane, a Bachelor of Science student at the University of Venda said.

She defeated compatriot and fourth seed Rose Cunliffe in straight sets 6-2 6-0. This was the fourth match between the two, and Montjane has won all of them.

Mathonsi, who is only in his third year of competitive tennis, beat Zimbabwean Nyasha Mharakurwa 7-5 3-6 6-4 in the men's final.

Although he missed out on qualifying for the Paralympics, the 22-year-old said he was excited with clinching qualification for the World Team Cup, which will be held in Italy in June.

The Johannesburg leg of this tournament starts at the University of Johannesburg today.

Other Results:

Men's Doubles:

Malcolm Anderson/Evans Maripa bt Sydwell Mathonsi/Desmond Monyamane 6-3 3-6 6-2.

Women's Doubles:

Nancy Moremi/Tshilidzi Muanalo bt Celia Botha/Rose Cunliffe 6-7 (7-2) 6-1 7-5