South Africans fly the flag at Wim­ble­don

Vuk'uzenzele - - Sport, Agretnser&aclulture - More Mat­shediso

TWO OUT­STAND­ING young peo­ple put the coun­try on the map in the ten­nis sport­ing code.

South African ten­nis play­ers have made their coun­try proud when they made his­tory at this year’s Wim­ble­don tour­na­ment in Lon­don.

Kgothatso Mon­t­jane was the first black South African woman to play at Wim­ble­don and she reached the semi-fi­nals.

The 32-year-old Mon­t­jane who hails from Lim­popo is a wheel­chair ten­nis player who won the hearts of many South Africans through her per­for­mance.

She took to Twit­ter to ex­press her ap­pre­ci­a­tion at the end of her jour­ney in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s been an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney reach­ing my first ever Grand Slam semi-fi­nal at Wim­ble­don. Thank you so much, your love and sup­port has been amaz­ing,” said Mon­t­jane.

An­other South African who kept the South African flag fly­ing high was Kevin An­der­son who be­came the first South African since 1921 to reach the Wim­ble­don men's fi­nal this year.

The world did not see him com­ing un­til he beat the tour­na­ment’s de­fend­ing cham­pion Roger Fed­erer in the quar­ter fi­nals..

An­der­son kept on un­til he reached the fi­nals where he played against the 12-time Grand Slam cham­pion No­vak Djokovic of Ser­bia.

The Ser­bian player beat An­der­son at the Wim­ble­don 2018 men’s fi­nal for his 13th Grand Slam ti­tle.

The 23-year-old An­der­son said: “It means so much for me to have played in the Wim­ble­don fi­nal. There are so many pos­i­tives and great memories I will be tak­ing with me. Thanks to ev­ery­one from South Africa and around the world for your sup­port and mes­sages. It has been an in­cred­i­bly spe­cial fort­night.”

He also did not for­get to con­grat­u­late his ri­val, with whom he took a pic­ture at the end of the tour­na­ment.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions No­vak Djokovic. You are a true cham­pion of our sport and it was an hon­our to share Cen­tre Court with you.

Kevin has en­graved him­self in the his­tory books of our coun­try. He will go down as one of the best.

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