Mariska started playing tennis in 2010 at 14 years of age and went ahead to become ranked 1st in the World under/18 for Junior Girls.
She holds 10 singles titles and 20 doubles titles, having represented South Africa 3 times at the World Team Cup. She has already competed in 45 International Tours to date.
Best career World Rankings :
Singles - 27th
Doubles - 22nd
Mariska is currently ranked 2nd in South African Women Wheelchair Tennis.
The moment I get onto the court I feel like an athlete, I feel free from the limitation set upon me.
Tennis saved me.
It taught me that my wheelchair is not the reason for my limits, but my mind is.
Now I don't believe in limits. If anyone ever tells me I can't do it, I work hard to prove them wrong.
Being disabled essentially means not being able to do something, but I have the ability to do anything I set my mind to.