08 Sep 2013

Wagner, Sithole reach quad singles final

Match Report

Photo: Takeo TanumaLucas Sithole (RSA)

World No. 1 David Wagner of USA and world No. 3 Lucas Sithole of South Africa will contest Sunday’s quad singles final at the US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after both players won their third and last round-robin matches on Saturday in New York.

Meanwhile, Duch top seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot completed the full set of all four Grand Slam women's doubles titles this year, Michael Jeremiasz of France and Maikel Scheffers of Netherlands won their first Grand Slam men's doubles title together and and Nick Taylor and Wagner claimed their fifth US Open quad doubles title.

Wagner, Sithole reach quad singles final

Wagner, who is aiming for his third successive singles title in New York, completely dominated the opening set against his countryman and doubles partner Nick Taylor, winning it in 15 minutes as Taylor managed to win just three points. Wagner took just one minute more to wrap up the second set and a 60 60 win, with Taylor having won 11 points in the 12 games.   

Britain’s world No. 2 Andy Lapthorne also made an impressive start to his last round-robin match against Sithole, with the South African winning one just point in the first two games and Lapthorne dropping just the third game to seize the initiative.

However, with Lapthorne leading the second set 5-3 and on the verge of the straight sets victory he needed for his own chance to reach the final, Sithole suddenly gathered momentum and  reeled off nine games in succession en route to completing a 16 75 61 victory.

Sithole’s win saw him end the round-robin phase with three wins from his first three matches at a Grand Slam, while Wagner completed his three matches with two wins ahead of Sunday’s final when the two players will meet for the second time in three days.

Taylor and Wagner later clinched their fifth US Open quad doubles title after a 60 26 63 win over Lapthorne and Sithole.

Despite some hotly contested games Lapthorne and Sithole failed to get on the scoreboard as Taylor and Wagner took the opening set in 26 minutes, but Lapthorne and Sithole claimed the seventh game and put together a sequence of four games for a 4-1 lead en route to levelling the match.

However, their comeback was short-lived and Taylor and Wagner built a 4-0 lead in the decider as they went on to win their fifth US Open doubles title and their ninth Grand Slam title together, having been crowned Australian Open champions on four occasions.

Jeremiasz and Scheffers win men’s doubles title

After finishing runners-up in three Super Series finals this season, Michael Jeremiasz of France and Maikel Scheffers of Netherlands won their first Grand Slam men’s doubles title together and their first doubles title since 2008.

With neither seeded partnership having reached the men’s doubles final, Jeremiasz and Sheffers clinched a 60 46 63 win over Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and Belgium’s Joachim Gerard.

After Jeremiasz and Scheffers raced through the opening set, Fernandez and Gerard finally got on the scoreboard after 28 minutes of play as they claimed the first of four successive games for a 4-1 second set lead before finally forcing a decider.

However, Jeremiasz and Scheffers gained the crucial breakthrough for a 5-3 lead in the final set and completed victory after winning the last four games to give Scheffers the perfect present as he celebrated his 31st birthday.

Griffioen and van Koot complete doubles Grand Slam

While Jeremiasz and Scheffers’s semifinal victory had ended Shingo Kunieda’s hopes of becoming the first wheelchair tennis player to win all four men’s doubles Grand Slam titles in the same season, Dutch top seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot became the latest players to win all four Grand Slam women’s doubles titles in the same year.

Griffioen and van Koot secured a decisive break midway through the opening set against 2012 Roland Garros runners-up Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany and Yui Kamiji of Japan and although Ellerbrock and Kamiji saved a match point at 5-3 down in the second set Griffioen and van Koot served out the match for a 63 64 victory after one hour and 44 minutes.

Men's singles draw

Men's doubles draw

Women's singles draw

Women's doubles draw

Quad singles draw

Quad doubles draw

Order of Play - Sunday, 8 September 2013