South Africa’s highest ranked wheelchair tennis ace, Kgothatso Montjane, has reached her first Australian Open semi-final after edging out German former world number one, Sabine Ellerbrock in straight sets at Melbourne Park on Wednesday, 29 January 2020.
Montjane triumphed 6-0, 6-1 after just 69 minutes to improve her head-to-head series 9-16 against the world number 8.
This year’s Australian Open semi-finalist, Montjane becomes the first South African wheelchair player to reach the semi-final round at Melbourne Park since quad ace Lucas Sithole in 2014.
“It feels amazing to have been out there and gave this match my best. I can still improve on a few things but I’m just grateful to have made it through to the next round. I look forward to the semi-final round,” said Montjane.
The 33-year-old had never made it beyond the quarter-final round at the first Grand Slam of the year in five previous attempts but has been in sparkling form this time and will harbor genuine hopes of going at least a stage further in this year’s event.
The world No.7 Montjane will now attempt to overturn a losing record against world No 2 Yui Kamiji from Japan (24-4) on Saturday.
Photo 1 Caption: South African wheelchair ace, Kgothatso Montjane, reached her first Australian Open semi-final after edging out German former world number 1 Sabine Ellerbrock in straight sets at Melbourne Park on Wednesday, 29 January 2020. Photo: Reg Caldecott
With editing by gsport