South Africa's wheelchair tennis star Kgothatso Montjane. Photo: @TennisSA on Twitter

CAPE TOWN – Wheelchair tennis star Kgothatso Montjane, the first black South African woman to compete at Wimbledon, defeated Katharina Kruger of Germany 6-3 2-6 6-1 in Thursday's quarterfinals of the ladies wheelchair singles.

The 32-year-old Montjane from Seshego in Limpopo received a wildcard into the draw and is No 8 world ranked. She was up against her 28-year-old doubles partner Kruger, the world No 6.

She wrapped up the match after only 80 minutes.

“I am very happy that I won today’s match against Katharina Kruger, it was a nerve-racking match and got me very shaky when I lost the second set,” Montjane said afterwards.

“After the second set loss, I managed to get my momentum back and dominated the set to finally close it 6-1. I am extremely excited about the way I am playing at the moment and I am just letting this sink in then will focus on the next match.” 

Wimbledon debutante Montjane will now face world No 1 and reigning champion Diede de Groot of the Netherlands on Friday for a place in the final. 

On Thursday, De Groot edged out Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock in straight sets 6-4 6-3.  

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa tweeted his congratulations on Thursday:

African News Agency (ANA)

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