14 Jan 2014

Reid, Griffioen, Sithole win Sydney Super Series titles


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Photo: William A StewartGordon Reid (GBR)

Gordon Reid of Great Britain, Jiske Griffioen of Netherlands and Lucas Sithole of South Africa won the first Super Series men’s, women’s and quad singles titles on the 2014 ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour on Tuesday at the Apia Sydney International Open at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.

World No. 4 Reid, playing in his third Super Series final, had to save three set points in the first set of the men’s singles final against Japan’s world No. 10 and first-time  Super Series finalist Takuya Miki, but the fourth seed held on to beat eighth seed Miki 75 63.

Reid had previously been a finalist at the 2012 British Open and the 2013 South African Open and had beaten world No. 1 and defending champion Shingo Kunieda in Monday’s semifinals.

Miki has now reached the final of all three tournaments he has played in 2014 to date and after making his world top 10 debut last week the Japanese player had beaten Belgium’s world No. 3 Joachim Gerard and world No. 2 Stephane Houdet of France in the Sydney quarterfinals and semifinals respectively.

Third seed Griffioen claimed the fourth Super Series singles title of her career and her second in Sydney as the Dutch world No. 4 retained her title after a 57 63 62 win over top seed and world No. 2 Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany.

After beating world No. 3 and second seed Yui Kamiji in the semifinals, Griffioen secured her 12th win over Ellerbrock in 14 career head-to-heads, which also include a meeting in last year’s semifinals in Sydney.   

World No. 2 Sithole won the second Super Series title of his career after beating Britain’s world No. 7 Antony Cotterill 61 63 in his fourth and final round-robin quad singles match.

Sithole ended the tournament with the same record of three wins and one loss as Australian Dylan Alcott and Britain’s Jamie Burdekin, who completed his round-robin matches by defeating Japan’s Takahiro Koga 62 60. However, with Sithole having beaten Alcott in straight sets and lost out to Burdekin in a final set tiebreak the South African US Open champion had a better ratio of sets and games won and lost, with Alcott finishing runner-up in his first Super Series and Burdekin third.  

With Cotterill having to withdraw from the scheduled quad doubles final due to illness, Alcott and Sithole were awarded a walkover, while Reid and Griffioen both ended the Sydney International having won the men’s singles and doubles and the women’s singles and doubles titles.



Photos

  • Gordon Reid (GBR)Jiske Griffioen (NED)
  • Lucas Sithole (RSA)Takuya Miki (JPN)
  • Sabine Ellerbrock (GER)Dylan Alcott (AUS)
  • Jiske Griffioen (NED) and Lucy Shuker (GBR)Maikel Scheffers (NED) and Gordon Reid (GBR)
  • Shingo Kunieda (JPN) and Stephane Houdet (FRA)Yui Kamiji (JPN) and Jordanne Whiley (GBR)

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