Kgothatso Montjane (born 3 June 1986 in Seshego) is a South African wheelchair tennis player. She holds the record as the first black SA woman to enter the competition at Wimbledon. She entered her name in the history books in 2018.
In July 2021, Montjane made history once again after she became the first black South African woman to reach the final at Wimbledon.
|Born||3 June 1986 (age 35 years)|
Seshego, Limpopo, South Africa
|Profession||Wheelchair tennis player|
|Highest ranking||No. 5 (singles), No. 5 (doubles)|
|Current ranking||No. 7 (singles), No. 9 (doubles)|
|Country sports||South Africa|
She was born on 3 June 1986 in Seshego on the periphery of Polokwane in Limpopo.
After her birth, her parents noticed that she had a congenital disorder. It affected both her hands and one foot. When she was twelve, the other foot was amputated.
She has made a name for herself in the South African sports circle. As a wheelchair tennis player, she has made it to the top of notable competitions. Kgothatso made it to the top ten of the ITF ranking.
In 2005, she reached her highest rank after hitting the number 5 in the world. Kgothatso was named “South Africa’s disabled sports woman of the year” (2015, 2011, and 2015).
Kgothatso is a twenty-nine singles titleholder. She has also emerged winner in tournaments like the wheelchair Belgian Open and Swiss Open.
In doubles, she is also successful. Alongside Jordanne Whiley, she has claimed the winner’s prize at the Belgian Open in 2015.
She took part in 3 out of 4 Grand Slam tournaments in 2013 and 2014. Kgothatso participated in the Australian Open, Roland Garros, and US Open.
She got to the quarter and semifinals in the singles and semifinals in all the doubles tournaments.
During 2008, 2012, and 2016 Summer Paralympics, Kgothatso was a member of the SA team. She put in her best efforts but couldn’t secure a medal.
In 2009 and 2011, she represented South Africa at the World Team Cup. She made history in 2018 after qualifying for the Wimbledon tournament.
This earned her the record as the first South African woman to qualify for the prestigious tournament. Still, in 2018, she entered the US Open competition.
The wheelchair tennis star expelled Momoko Ohtani 7-6(3) 4-6 6-4 to qualify for her first Wimbledon final. It is also the first Grand Slam singles final for Kgothatso.
I am just so happy to have made my first ever Grand Slam singles finalMontjane
In the finals, the Limpopo-born will compete against Diede de Groot. Her opponent is the world number one and is from the Netherlands.
She and her British partner Lucy Shuker will be facing top seeds De Groot and Aniek van Koot.