SITHOLE AND HASTEROK FINISH IN 4TH POSITION AT DOUBLES MASTERS
South Africa's number 1 ranked quad wheelchair tennis player, Lucas Sithole together with his doubles partner Greg Hasterok from America finished 4th at the 2018 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Doubles Masters which ended today (Sunday) in Bemmel, Netherlands.
Sithole and Hasterok did not have a good start to their campaign, losing 6-2 6-1 to ten-time champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner both from America in their first round robin match on the opening day of the ITF’s year-end wheelchair doubles championship.
The South African-American pair tried to stage a fight to bounce back in their second round robin match against Bryan Barten (USA) and Ymanitu Silva (BRA) but the Barten and Silva were just too strong for them. The American-Brazilian duo defeated Sithole and Hasterok 6-3 6-1.
In their last round robin match, Sithole and Hasterok faced Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne (GBR) losing in a closely contested match 6-3 7-6(4).
The 3rd and 4th place play-off saw Sithole/Hasterok vs Barten (USA) / Silva (BRA). It was the very determined team of Barten and Silva that took 3rd place, beating Sithole and Hasterok 6-4 6-3.
Sithole finished in third position with partner Heath Davidson from Australia in the 2017 event.
In the women’s event, the country’s top world ranked player Kgothatso Montjane and her French partner Charlotte Famin had a tough opening match losing to top seeds Diede de Groot from the Netherlands and Lucy Shuker from Britain in a clean sweep 6-0 6-0.
Montjane and Charlotte went on to face Katharina Kruger (GER) and Michaela Spaanstra (NED) in their second and final Pool A contest to confirm the second Pool A pairing that will earn a semi-final berth. But the South African-French pair narrowly missed out on a semi-final spot following a 6-0 3-6 6-1 defeat to Kruger and Spaanstra.
Next up for Montjane and Sithole is the NEC Masters - the ITF's season-ending championship for the world's top singles players on the UNQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour to be held for the first time at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida, on 28 November-2 December.