Kgothatso Montjane from Seshego in Limpopo and her partner Yui Kamiji won the 2024 Wimbledon women’s doubles final on Sunday. The pair teamed up to win 6-4 6-4 straight sets against the Dutch duo Diede de Groot and Jiske Griffioen at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England.

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The Dutch duo also exercised a slight upper hand early on. But it wasn’t long before the South African and Japanese player worked their way to a 3-2 lead in the first set. 

Limpopo-born Kgothatso Montjane wins Wimbledon
Kgothatso Montjane and her partner Yui Kamiji

PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA CONGRATULATES KGOTHATSO MONTJANE AFTER WIMBLEDON WIN  

President Cyril Ramaphosa was also one of the first South Africans to congratulate Montjane.

“Proud congratulations to our star from Seshego, Kgothatso Montjane, and her Japanese partner, Yui Kamiji, on their straight-sets win over Diede de Groot and Jiske Griffioen to become the 2024 Women’s Wheelchair Tennis Doubles champions at Wimbledon this weekend,” said president Ramaphosa on Sunday.

“This victory at the home of the only major tournament played on grass, crowns Kgothatso’s outstanding record in tournaments from Belgium and Switzerland to the United States and Australia.

“We salute you, Kgothatso, on your life as a champion on and off the court and we look forward to your continued success.”

The Nominees for the 18th edition of Momentum Gsport Awards were announced on Tuesday.

Andile Dlamini, Jessica Nkomo, Kgothatso Montjane from Seshego and Samantha Wright are double finalists for Africa’s longest-running women’s sports awards.

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Limpopo-based journalist Lethabo Kganyago [main picture] is nominated in the Mail & Guardian Woman in Print category.

There’s double glory for the most celebrated athlete on the gsport stage, Kgothatso Montjane, who features in the Brand SA Para Sport Star of the Year and Global Woman in Sport categories. 

In 2023, Montjane has broken barriers winning her first Grand Slam title at the French Open in the wheelchair doubles category. She then went on to win in the same category at the French Riviera Open. 

The public help choose the winners through free voting which kicks off in the gsport Voting Hall at [gsport.co.za/voting] on Tuesday, 22 August 2022.

Voting will close at midnight on Thursday, 31 August 2022.

2023 MOMENTUM GSPORT AWARDS NOMINEES: 

Momentum Athlete of the Year

Andile Dlamini

Lara van Niekerk

Laura Wolvaardt

Telkom Woman of the Year

Andile Dlamini

Ashleigh Buhai

Natasha Petersen

DP WORLD African Woman in Sport

Akhona Makalima

Faith Kipyegon

Tabitha Chawinga

Brand SA Para Sport Star of the Year

Charlene Pienaar

Kgothatso Montjane

Simoné Kruger

SuperSport School Sports Star of the Year

Alicia Khunou

Kaitlyn Ramduth

Karla Victor

SuperSport Woman in Television

Julia Stuart

Vusiwe Ngcobo

Xoli Zondo

Mail & Guardian Woman in Print

Lethabo Kganyago

Lynn Butler

Palesa DeeJay Manaleng

Momentum gsport Awards 2023 nominees revealed
Kgothatso Montjane

Global Woman in Sport

Hendrien Grove

Kgothatso Montjane

Leila Steyn-Daku

gsport Emerging Athlete of the Year

Kyra van Kan

Madison Landsman

Prudence Sekgodiso

Team of the Year

Banyana Banyana

Maties Women’s Rugby

Proteas Women

Coach of the Year

Desiree Ellis

Emily Mathosa

Eugene Da Ponte

Special Recognition

Brenda Mafunisa

Samantha Wright

Sarah Braude

Limpopo-born tennis player Kgothatso Montjane has been praised by the Polokwane Municipality for her classy victory after winning the 2023 French Open ladies’ wheelchair title.

“KG” as Montjane is affectionately known, made history on Saturday, 17 June 2023 after she won her first-ever Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in Paris.

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South Africa’s wheelchair tennis sensation, Montjane Montjane was alongside her partner Yui Kamiji. They outclassed Diede De Groot and Jiske Griffioen with splendid 5-7, 6-1, 0–1(5) scores.

POLOKWANE MUNICIPALITY HEAPS PRAISE ON KG

Polokwane Executive Mayor, Cllr Makoro John Mpe has expressed his happiness and glorified the wonderful job done by Montjane.

“There will be no space in any sporting code that will be left unimpacted on. Be it softball, boxing, tennis, or any sporting code,” Mayor Mpe said in a statement.

Kgothatso Montjane has been praised by the Polokwane Municipality for her classy victory
Kgothatso Montjane with Pitso Mosimane and John Mpe 

“The future of Polokwane is in the hands of the youth, who are willing to work with the municipality in expanding opportunities for young people to reach for the stars.”

KGOTHATSO MONTJANE BREAKS RECORD

The victory by the Seshego-born Tennis star was not only what had to be celebrated on the past weekend. She also made history by breaking a record that was set 42 years ago.

The 37-year-old became the first South African woman to win the title since Tanya Harford and Rosalyn Fairbank did in 1981.

This was her fourth Grand Slam final in her career, having previously reached finals at the US Open before. Montjane was also the first African wheelchair tennis player to compete at Wimbledon.

By Clifton Mabasa 

Limpopo-born wheelchair tennis stars Kgothatso ‘KG’ Montjane and Donald Ramphadi made history on Saturday after they won their first-ever Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros.

The pair became the first South Africans both able-bodied and wheelchair, to win the title since Johan Kriek in 1981.

Ramphadi, who hails from Tzaneen, and his doubles partner Andy Lapthorne defeated Heath Davidson and Robert Shaw to claim the Quad Wheelchair Doubles title 1-6, 6-2, 10-3.

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Ramphadi is currently South Africa’s leading wheelchair tennis quad player. He won the wheelchair quad singles title at the Belgian Open in 2022. The same year he also made his Wimbledon debut.

Limpopo-born wheelchair tennis stars Kgothatso Montjane and Donald Ramphadi won their first-ever Roland Garros
Donald Ramphadi

KGOTHATSO MONTJANE AND DONALD RAMPHADI MAKE HISTORY AT ROLAND GARROS

Montjane on the other hand claimed her Grand Slam champion title alongside her partner Yui Kamiji. They beat De Groot and Maria Moreno with an impressive 6-3, 6-2 victory.

The Seshego-born was the first African wheelchair tennis player to compete at Wimbledon. She was handed a wild card for the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament in London in 2018.

In 2012, she also made Wimbledon history by being the first black South African woman to reach the final while reaching the doubles final as well.