01 Sep 2013

Montjane, Whiley upset top seeds to lift St. Louis title

Match Report

Photo: Reg CaldecottKgothatso Montjane (RSA)

Kgothatso Montjane and Jordanne Whiley upset Dutch top seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot as the men’s and women’s doubles titles were decided on Saturday’s penultimate day of the US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships, the final Super Series event on the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Top seeds Stephane Houdet of France and Shingo Kunieda of Japan clinched the men’s doubles title, while the quad doubles final was suspended early in the second set due to rain and will be completed on Sunday.

The unseeded duo of Montjane and Whiley, who were playing in only their third women’s doubles event together and their first since 2011, secured a 62 62 win over Griffioen and van Koot as the Dutch partnership slipped to their first loss since they won the women’s doubles silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympics.  

It was Montjane’s first Super Series title of her career in either singles or doubles and she becomes only the second African player to win a Super Series crown after her fellow South African Lucas Sithole won the quad singles at the British Open in July. The victory gave Whiley the second Super Series title of her career after the Briton won the women’s doubles at the BNP Paribas Open de France in June, partnering Japan’s Yui Kamiji.

Houdet and Kunieda, who will go head-to-head in Sunday’s men’s singles final in St. Louis, beat third seeds Michael Jeremiasz of France and Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands 61 63.

The French-Japanese partnership, who reached the final of the US Open Super Series in 2006 in their first tournament as a pairing, have now won two Super Series titles this season, having also triumphed at the BNP Paribas Open de France in June.

After much of this week’s tournament has seen temperatures in excess of 30 degrees, the quad doubles final was scheduled to be the last match of the day. Top seeds and defending champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner led fellow Americans and second seeds Bryan Barten and Greg Hasterok 6-2, 2-1 when it began to rain heavily at the Dwight Davis Tennis Centre and the match was suspended.