'I thought Wimbledon was going to be my last tournament, I had to make it work'

South Africa's number one wheelchair tennis player, Kgothatso Montjane says she has had a great 2018 and she couldn't be happier.

Montjane is the first black South African woman to play at the Wimbledon tournament. Her journey at the world stage ended in the semifinals.

Speaking to Azania Mosaka on the Friday profile, Montjane says she thought she was not going to make it to the tournament due to financial constraints.

Dynamite comes in small packages.

Kgothatso Montjane, Wheelchair tennis player

As an athlete, you don't want to be focusing more on the negative side, you want to keep pushing despite the difficulties.

Kgothatso Montjane, Wheelchair tennis player

I thought Wimbledon was going to be my last tournament so I told myself I am going to make the most and best of it.

Kgothatso Montjane, Wheelchair tennis player

It was a dream come true and at that moment I felt like even if I quit, I will be happy because I completed the four slams.

Kgothatso Montjane, Wheelchair tennis player

Montjane was met with the challenge of playing on grass for the first time. She says it was frustrating yet a noteworthy experience.

I found myself so slow on the court and it was so frustrating. I believe if I have better preparations on grass, next time I will do better.

Kgothatso Montjane, Wheelchair tennis player

What came into my mind was just make it work, don't complain just move. I think that what carried me through the tournament... I kept telling myself I want to make it work.

Kgothatso Montjane, Wheelchair tennis player

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