Lagos, CNN (CNN)Kgothatso Montjane has achieved many of her childhood dreams.
The South African wheelchair tennis star has played in over 30 major tournaments. She successfully defended her Swiss Open title in July and has now made history as the first black woman from South Africa to compete at Wimbledon.
Montjane, 32, won over the Wimbledon crowd with her impressive performances at the tournament.
"I was nervous at first but I am proud that I got settled because playing at the Wimbledon was a long-awaited moment for me. It is a dream come true and the most satisfying moment was winning my first match on my first grass match experience," she told CNN.
Though her inspiring run at the competition ended in a semi-final defeat to defending world champion Diede De Groot, many have praised Montjane's courage and determination throughout the tournament.
Her outing at the grand slam event has seen her rise to number six in the ITF World Wheelchair Tennis rankings.
But her Wimbledon debut did not come easy. She traveled alone and had no coach with her at the tournament.
Fresh from a self-funded appearance at Roland Garros in June, Montjane told CNN she had little money left to travel with a trainer.
"It was because of lack of funding," she said. "I had to send a proposal to a private South African finance institution even for me to even attend the tournament. They were the ones that helped me out."