Kgothatso Montjane bags maiden Gram Slam title at French Open

Kgothatso Montjane bags maiden Gram Slam title at French Open

South African wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane and her partner Yui Kamiji from Japan, emerged victorious in the French Open Women’s Wheelchair Doubles final on Saturday.

The duo defeated Diede de Groot and Maria Morena with an impressive score of 6-3, 6-2 to claim the Roland Garros crown.

This triumph marked a significant milestone in Montjane’s tennis journey, as she clinched her first-ever Grand Slam title, having previously come agonisingly close to winning the prestigious tournament in 2018, only to fall short in the finals. 

"It was such a great feeling and moment for me. I'm really happy that I managed to win my first Grand Slam, even though it's Doubles, but it's a moment worth living for," Montjane told SABC Sport.

"I think I've just been fortunate to be able to do both Singles and Doubles, so it's an exciting time for me, I just want to take in this moment and start working on fighting for that Singles title that I've been waiting for."

Despite battling a career-threatening tendinitis injury she had been carrying since 2022, the 36-year-old athlete, born in Limpopo, showcased her determination and resilience, and credited the team behind her for supporting her through the highs and lows.

"[Right now] I'm just grateful for the team I have behind me because, if it wasn't for them, I don't know how I would have bounced out of a career-threatening injury," she added.

"Yet, today I'm here talking about a Doubles Grand Slam, and I wouldn't have done it without them, so ja, it's just an exciting moment for me, and thank you."