South Africa’s leading wheelchair tennis star, Kgothatso Montjane and partner, Lucy Shuker, put up a strong fight in the Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles final, ultimately earning runner-up medals in London, England.
Montjane and Shuker, who faced Dutch top seeds, Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot, lost the first set 6-0, but looked to bounce back in the second set, eventually losing 7-6 after experience played in the path of de Groot and van Koot.
— SuperSport Blitz (@SuperSportBlitz) July 10, 2021
Montjane grabbed the headlines after making history by becoming the first South African woman to reach a Wimbledon singles and doubles final.
In 2018, South Africa’s Lucas Sithole was a runner-up alongside Dylan Alcott at the first ever men’s quads doubles event during the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.
Montjane is not done yet at Wimbledon. The four-time Momentum gsport Awards Athlete with Disability winner will look forward to proudly flying the South African flag when she faces Diede de Groot in the women’s wheelchair singles final on Sunday.
Social media reacted positively to Montjane’s doubles performance:
Just reaching a Wimbledon final is momentous. Achieving your dream of reaching your first grand slam final is amazing. Losing in the doubles final at Wimbledon is still highly achieving. Kgothatso Montjane you’ve done it all at #Wimbledon2021 and South Africa is PROUD of you pic.twitter.com/bCglQ5Xxyk
— cheryl roberts (@cherylroberts00) July 10, 2021
Sadly a loss in the doubles final for SAs Kgothatso Montjane and her partner Lucy Shuker but what a fantastic run at #Wimbledon for these two
KG doing us proud as ALWAYS!
Now on to the singles final for KG tomorrow 🇿🇦
— Natalie Germanos 🏏 (@NatalieGermanos) July 10, 2021
She's my Tweet of the Month… Congratulations @KGmontjane1 for making champion moves in Wimbledon🎾. We are always inspired by you Superstar ❤️, all the best for the final 🙏💐🎉 pic.twitter.com/V5qML61IoM
— Simphiwe (@Simphiwe_Dludlu) July 10, 2021
Photo 1 Caption: South Africa’s leading wheelchair tennis star, Kgothatso Montjane and partner, Lucy Shuker, pulled off a strong fight in the Wimbledon women’s doubles final, ultimately earning runner-up medals in London, England. Photo: Tennis South Africa (Instagram)