MONTJANE AND SITHOLE CRUISE INTO BATH INDOOR FINAL
South African top wheelchair tennis aces Kgothatso Montjane and Lucas Sithole are making it look easy at the Bath Indoor Tournament in Britain.
Montjane and Sithole cruised into the final round of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 1 event with straight-sets victories on Friday, looking at home in Bath where they are both hunting their first titles.
It was another dominant display by the world number 5 Montjane who brushed aside her British opponent Lucy Shuker with minimal fuss, edging the first set 6-1 before completing the win 6-1 6-2 to book a spot in Saturday’s final.
The 32-year-old will face Italian second seed Giulia Capocci in the last two. It will be the first time Montjane and world number 6 Capocci clash on Saturday.
“I never played Capocci before, been watching her play – she is a great player. I look forward to the match tomorrow,” commented Montjane.
Two-time Grand Slam champion Sithole made light work of American fourth seed Nicholas Taylor to reach the quad final with his quest for a first singles title of 2018 on track following a comfortable straight-sets victory.
Sithole made a quick work edging out Taylor 6-4 6-1 in less than an hour to set up a clash with world number 15 Sam Schroder from the Netherlands in the final. Schroder caused a major upset on Friday defeating American world number 1 David Wagner.
"Sam is an amazing player. He beat me at the French Riviera Open and Sardinia Open this year and he has incredible power. I have done a lot of things well since then, it is going to be tough final, but I believe I am ready."
Sithole and Schroder met four times before with the Dutchman leading 3-1 in their head-to-head series. After losing to the world number 15 two times this year, Sithole will be hoping to turn the tables on Saturday.