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Tennis legend Mogoai takes her final bow

By Nthabisang Moreosele | Oct 09, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ONE of the doyennes of black tennis, Elizabeth Mogoai, has taken her final bow.

ONE of the doyennes of black tennis, Elizabeth Mogoai, has taken her final bow.

Mogoai and her husband Richard were the terror of the mixed doubles during the dark days of apartheid and separate sport.

Mogoai was born on August 9 1929 in Benoni, Ekurhuleni. She joined the tennis circuit after passing standard eight.

She then worked hard to become part of the national tennis squad.

She won seven "black singles" titles and retired from tennis when she was 40 years old. She was said to possess a terrific backhand and venomous forehand.

She ruled the courts with Grant Khomo, Jane Muso, Ghoto Vawda and the Bismilla brothers.

Her success spurred others like Mirriam Chochoe, Julia Sibiya and Robert Zondo, who later also became household names.

Mogoai believed that tennis could convey a message of hope to black people during apartheid rule.

She married Richard Mogoai, national men's singles champion, and the couple was blessed with four daughters Pinkie, Ellen, Tsimi and Solo.

Elizabeth will be buried tomorrow at Avalon cemetery at 10am. The funeral service starts at the Mahon Mission Church, Dube, at 8am. She leaves four daughters , eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild. May she rest in peace.


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