MONTJANE LOOKS TO DEFEND HER SWISS OPEN TITLE
South Africa’s highest ranked wheelchair tennis women’s player Kgothatso Montjane will have to put behind her second-round finish at the BNP Paribas Open de France and gather herself quickly to defend her title at the Swiss Open, which starts today (Tuesday) until Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland.
The world number 8 received a bye in the opening round of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 1 event and will get her title defense underway on Wednesday against the winner of the match between Gabriela Buehler (SUI) and Annabelle Ribeaud (SUI).
The Limpopo born star who was born with a congenital birth defect put up a sizzling performance enroute to claiming her third Swiss Open title in 2017 after beating Germany's Katharina Kruger in the women's final.
Montjane who had clinched the title in 2013 and 2015 eased past the current world number 6 Kruger in a stunning 6-2 6-3 victory to record her third title in Geneva last year.
This year, the 32-year-old could meet world number 7 Lucy Shuker from Britain in the final if all goes according to plan.
Montjane has a 9-5 record against the Brit. The last time they met, Shuker had defeated her in straight games at the ITF Georgia Open in Georgia, United States of America in March this year.
“I love playing in the Swiss Open, probably because I won a few titles here – It’s a beautiful place too.”
“Everything that I do this week will be preparation for Wimbledon next week,” said Montjane. “It’s one of my favorite courses. It’s a good warm up.
“I just want to go out and play my game and if I do that well I will have a good result. The main thing for me is to not feel any extra pressure because I won last year. I have been playing very well lately so I will just stick to my game plan as I defend my title.”