Photo: SMP ImagesLucy Shuker (GBR)
Maikel Scheffers, Lucy Shuker and David Wagner all claimed their first singles titles of 2017 on Sunday’s final day of the Arizona Open, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as all three players also completed the ITF 2 Series event in Tucson with singles and doubles victories.
Shuker secured the only semblance of an upset in any of the three main draw singles finals as the world No. 8 clinched her seventh career win over top seed Aniek van Koot 63 62 just over a year on from her last win over the Dutchwoman in Pensacola in March 2016.
Tournament second seed Shuker has now beaten current world No. 4 van Koot in three of their last five meetings.
Men’s world No. 8 Scheffers claimed his second straight sets win over Daniel Caverzaschi in the last month. The Dutch top seed’s 63 62 victory ended third seed Caverzaschi’s title bid in the Spaniard’s second singles final in successive weeks. He also finished runner-up at the ITF 3 Series Biel-Bienne tournament in Switzerland directly before flying to the United States.
Having had Lucas Sithole on the other side of the net when winning Saturday’s quad doubles final with fellow American Bryan Barten, world No. 2 Wagner won the points that mattered to take a closely-fought quad singles final against South Africa’s world No. 4 64 75.
Wagner will now hope he can follow up his Tucson success when he sets about trying to retain his quad singles title at the upcoming ITF 1 Series Cajun Classic in Baton Rouge.
The last main draw title to be decided in Tucson came in the men’s doubles final as top seeds Scheffers and Ben Weekes of Australia earned a 63 63 victory over second seeds Caverzaschi and Evans Maripa.