SA wheelchair ace Kgothatso Montjane again falls at final Wimbledon hurdle

CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s wheelchair tennis star Kgothatso Montjane was reduced to cannon fodder by world No 1 Diede de Groot, who won the Wimbledon ladies singles final 6-2 6-2 in less than an hour on Sunday evening at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London.

After a promising start by Montjane, there was nothing to suggest that De Groot would be an eventual straight-sets runaway winner after Montjane raced to a 2-0 lead at the top of the first set.

However, there was a massive momentum shift from the third game onwards when De Groot claimed the next six games without resistance and signed off a 6-2 first-set winner after 30 minutes.

This blistering first-set finish set the scene for the start of the second, and De Groot raced to a 3-0 lead, thanks for two service breaks.

It was their 16th meeting in Grand Slams, and after this championship round clash, De Groot leads the head-to-head score 16-14.

For Montjane, it was nevertheless a bitter-sweet occasion, but she created history by achieving the rare feat of reaching the singles and doubles finals at the same Grand Slam.



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Publish date : 2021-07-11 18:29:36

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