KG Montjane’s Bid for a Singles Title Continues as She Bows Out of Australian Open

Top seeds Kgothatso Montjane (R) and regular doubles partner, Japan’s Yui Kamiji suffered a straight sets defeat to the number 2-ranked Dutch pairing of Diede de Groot and Jiske Griffioen, earning their second successive Grand Slam doubles silver medals at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday, 27 January, 2024. Photo: ITF via Kgothatso Montjane on Instagram

Montjane narrowly lost out on a top-flight title after putting up a gutsy fight alongside her partner Yui Kamiji of Japan, in the Wheelchair Doubles Tennis finals at the Australian Open at  Melbourne Park, Australia, on Saturday, 27 January, 2024. 

Montjane and her regular partner Kamiji gave their opponents a shake, and presented a solid attach in the second set in particular, but sadly went down to the Dutch pairing of Diede de Groot and Jiske Griffioen, who held their nerve to earn a 6-3 7-6(2) win.

Aiming to lift their third Grand Slam trophy, the duo took the second set to a tie-break in the women’s wheelchair doubles final at Melbourne Park, sadly that effort wouldn’t be enough. 

Earlier, competing in the women’s wheelchair singles, Montjane struggled in the first set against former champion and her partner Yui. While she put up a fight in the second, the South African star was handed a straight-sets defeat, with her opponent securing a 6-1 6-4 victory.

The effort KG has put in on the first slam of the year will not go unnoticed as the lessons learnt in the games will continue to shape her, in her bid to win that elusive wheelchair singles.

Kamiji faces number 1 ranked Diede de Groot in the Australian Open wheelchair singles final.


Photo Caption: Top seeds Kgothatso Montjane (R) and regular doubles partner, Japan’s Yui Kamiji suffered a straight sets defeat to the number 2-ranked Dutch pairing of Diede de Groot and Jiske Griffioen, earning their second successive Grand Slam doubles silver medals at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday, 27 January, 2024. Photo: ITF via Kgothatso Montjane on Instagram

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