08 Aug 2017

World No.1s extend advantages with British Open titles

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Gustavo Fernandez (ARG)

World No. 1 players Gustavo Fernandez, Yui Kamiji and David Wagner extend their respective advantages at the top of the men’s, women’s and quad singles rankings this week after each collecting their latest Super Series titles at the British Open, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

After more than five years trying to secure the second Super Series men’s singles title of his career, Fernandez has now won the last two Super Series crowns this season, following up his victory at June’s BNP Paribas Open de France by winning his first British Open title in Nottingham.

The Argentinian secured his first British Open crown at the expense of Alfie Hewett, the 19-year-old Brit having become the second Brit to reach the final of his home Super Series after his 63 16 63 semifinal win over two-time finalist Gordon Reid.   

Fernandez ended Stephane Houdet’s hopes of a third straight British Open title after defeating the Frenchman 63 75 in the last four and went on to beat Hewett 64 63 in Sunday’s final.

Fernandez ‘s hopes of completing the tournament with singles and doubles titles ended on the penultimate day of play as Houdet and Nicolas Peifer continued their impressive sequence of Super Series results with a 46 61 63 victory over third seeds Fernandez and Maikel Scheffers.

Kamiji clinches second British Open title

Diede de Groot went into this year’s British Open at a career-best world No. 2 women’s singles ranking and April’s SA Open champion progressed her bid for a second Super Series title of 2017 with a 62 63 victory over former champion Sabine Ellerbrock in the semifinals in Nottingham.

Kamiji, meanwhile, survived a tough test against Marjolein Buis as the world No. 6 sought to set up an all-Dutch semifinal, with the Japanese top seed holding on for a 75 64 victory.

De Groot and Kamiji went into the final in Nottingham having played each other in the semifinal or final of three of the four previous Super Series events on the 2017 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, with Kamiji having won two of those three previous Super Series meetings.

The top seed made it four successive wins over de Groot this year, winning their latest encounter 63 64 for her second British Open title since 2014 and increasing her advantage over de Groot at the top of the rankings, ahead of the final Super Series event of 2017 in USA later this month.

However, de Groot did leave Nottingham with one title after partnering Buis to win the women’s doubles. The Dutch top seeds and Rio Paralympic silver medallists overcame second seeds Dana Mathewson of USA and Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa 64 63 in the final.

Wagner earns third British Open title ten years from his first

Ten years on from winning his first British Open quad singles title, David Wagner sealed his third tournament victory in Nottingham.

After some tight matches against Australian Heath Davidson in Europe this summer, top seed Wagner claimed his most comfortable win of the season over Davidson to date to take their semifinal 63 61.

Andy Lapthorne put in another impressive performance in the other semifinal as the new world No. 2 ended Lucas Sithole’s hopes of claiming a third British Open crown by taking their semifinal 60 63.

However, Lapthorne’s own hopes of a home victory and his first British Open crown again ended in runners-up honours as Wagner produced a confident display to win the final 63 61 and add to his previous titles in Nottingham in 2007 and 2009.

Wagner was the only one of the three main draw singles victors to leave this year’s British Open with singles and doubles titles after partnering Bryan Barten to an all-American victory in the quad doubles.

For the second successive Super Series tournament Barten and Wagner met top-seeded Brits Antony Cotterill and Lapthorne in the final and it was the second seeds who once again came out on top, beating reigning UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters champions Cotterill and Lapthorne 46 62 62.

This year’s British Open also brought the latest occasion for mixed doubles to become a popular addition to a Super Series schedule and the event culminated in British players on either side of the net and the final featuring two players who had contested the men’s and women’s doubles finals.

But ultimately the latest partnership to be crowned British Open mixed doubles champions were the Anglo-French partnership of Houdet and Lucy Shuker, who beat Hewett and Mathewson 63 75.

Finals weekend in Nottingham also saw 15-year-old Ruairi Logan retain the British Open junior singles title. 

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