Photo: Reg CaldecottLucas Sithole (RSA)
Kgothatso Montjane and Lucas Sithole both claimed titles on home soil as the Gauteng Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, drew to a close in Benoni, South Africa. Meanwhile, Australia’s Ben Weekes won the men’s singles title.
Fourth seed Montjane secured her first win against Dutch world No. 9 and second seed Sharon Walraven on the NEC Tour as she came from behind to secured the vital breaks of serve for a 36 63 63 victory in the women’s singles final.
In the quad singles final top seed Sithole dominated the opening set against Italian second seed Marco Innocenti and although Innocenti fought back in the second set in an attempt to force a decider, Sithole wrapped up a 61 75 victory.
For the third time in three matches on the NEC Tour top seed Takashi Sanada of Japan and second seed Ben Weekes of Australia went to three set as they contested the men’s singles final, but ultimately it was Weekes who proved strongest on this occasion as he recorded a 62 36 64 victory for his second title of the season.
The remaining title to be settled was in the women’s doubles as Montjane ended the ITF 2 Series tournament with two titles. Montjane and Japan’s Kanako Domori, the second seeds, secured a comfortable 62 61 victory over top seeds Katharina Kruger of Germany and Walraven to claim the spoils.