South African top wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane saw her hopes of going another step further in the Australian Open ended by Japanese world number 2 Yui Kamiji at Melbourne Park in Australia on Thursday, 30 January 2020.
The world number 7 fought but went down to Kamiji 6-3 7-5 in 1 hour and 18 minutes in the semi-final round of the first Grand Slam tournament on the 2020 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
Despite the loss, Montjane can be proud following her great performance on Wednesday dismantling former world number 1 Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany 6-0 6-1 in just 69 minutes to become the first South African wheelchair tennis player to reach the Australian Open Grand Slam semi-final since Lucas Sithole in 2014.
Montjane will face Kamiji again with her partner Jordanne Whiley in their semi-final round doubles clash, where the popular South African no. 1 is ranked second-seed alongside Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock.
Photo 1 Caption: South African wheelchair tennis ace, Kgothatso Montjane, suffered a semi-final defeat to Japan’s Yui Kamiji in the Australian Open on Thursday, 30 January 2020. Photo: AusOpen/@TennisSA (Twitter)
With editing by gsport