South African wheelchair tennis aces Lucas Sithole (above) and Kgothatso Montjane won singles titles in their respective categories on the last day of the 2019 South African Spring Open to give the home fans plenty to celebrate in Johannesburg.
The two-time Grand Slam champion Sithole defeated compatriot Donald Ramphadi to earn his first title since 2017 at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium with a 6-4 6-3 victory.
South African leading women’s wheelchair tennis ace and US Open doubles finalist Montjane clinched the women’s title with a final victory over Japanese second seed Shiori Funamizu. The world number five claimed a 6-3 6-1 win over Funamizu in a match that showcased the best of women’s tennis.
The country’s top-ranked men’s wheelchair tennis player Evans Maripa fell at the final hurdle at the hands of Dutch top seed Tom Egberink, who edged out the former world number 11 in just over an hour with a 6-2 6-1 win to claim his first title in South Africa.
The final results were as follows:
1-Tom Egberink (NED) beat 6-Evans Maripa (RSA) 6-2 6-1
1-Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) beat 2-Shiori Funamizu (JPN) 6-3 6-1
1-Lucas Sithole (RSA) beat Donald Ramphadi (RSA) 6-4 6-3
1-Tom Egberink/Carlos Anker (NED) beat 2-Frederic Cattaneo (FRA)/Nico Langmann (AUT) 6-4 6-3
2-Shiori Funamizu (JPN)/Büsra Ün (TUR) beat Kgothatso Montjane (RSA)/Cornelia Oosthuizen (GBR) 7-6(0) 5-7 [10-3]
1-Lucas Sithole/Donald Ramphadi (RSA) beat 2-Chu-Yin Huang (TPE)/Shraga Weinberg (ISR) 6-0 6-0