SA wheelchair tennis ace Montjane starts Wimbledon campaign against Kamiji

The Limpopo-born athlete will face world number two, Yui Kamiji, and in the quads' event, Mzansi’s Donald Ramphadi will face world number four, David Wager, in his opening match.

FILE: South Africa's wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso 'KG' Montjane sealed her place in the Wimbledon singles final with a win over Japan's Momoko Ohtani on 9 July 2021. Picture: @TennisSA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s wheelchair tennis ace and the continent’s highest-ranked wheelchair tennis player, Kgothatso Montjane, will open her Wimbledon campaign on Thursday.

The Limpopo-born athlete will go against world number two, Yui Kamiji, and in the quads event, Mzansi’s Donald Ramphadi will face world number four, David Wager, in his opening match.

Montjane, was the first black African woman to play at Wimbledon when she first competed there in 2018.

The wheelchair tennis ace has had a steady season and is coming off an impressive display at Ronald Garros in France in June, where she made the semifinals of the singles and reached the final in the doubles with her partner, Yui Kamiji.

The world number four made it to the Wimbledon final in 2021 where she was beaten by top-ranked Diede De Groot of the Netherlands.

Montjane was also runner-up in the doubles final with Great Britain's masters world champion, Lucy Shuker.

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The South African is an all-court specialist, being comfortable on grass, clay and hard courts.

She’s been able to reach the finals of the US Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

The para-athlete also reached the Australian Open doubles final this year, with Shuker, where they again lost to De Groot and Van Koot.