SA wheelchair tennis champ defeated in semifinals

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South African wheelchair tennis superstar Kgothatso Montjane once again headed to the Wimbledon championships this year. After an incredible run, her journey came to an end with a straight-set defeat by defending champion Diede de Groot.

Montjane and De Groot met for the second consecutive semifinal clash at the All England Tennis Club, with the Dutch top seed proving her dominance once again with a 6-3 6-2 victory to advance to the finals.

Montjane, who has set her sights on becoming the first black African woman to reach the Wimbledon final, defeated Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock on her way to the last four stages.

Read more about Montjane’s incredible career here.


The 33-year-old tennis star’s Wimbledon campaign is over for now, but the world number seven can take pride in her sizzling performance against Ellerbrock, the world number five, in the quarter-final round.

The Limpopo native also staged a valiant display in the doubles semifinal round alongside Ellerbrock, but the pair suffered a 7-5 6-2 defeat to the second seeds Marjolein Buis from the Netherlands and Giulia Capocci from Italy.

Last year Montjane made history as the first black South African female tennis player to compete at Wimbledon after she was awarded a wildcard to take part. Since then, Montjane has continued to shine on the international wheelchair tennis circuit.

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