16 Mar 2014

Wagner claims quad singles at Desert Classic

Match Report

David Wagner (USA)

David Wagner followed up his Australian Open victory with his second successive title of 2014 on Saturday when he came from a set down to defeat Australian Dylan Alcott in the quad singles final at the USTA/ITF Fab-U-Life Desert Classic in Tucson, Arizona.

The men's doubles, women's doubles and quad doubles titles were also decided on the penultimate day of play.

Top seed Wagner edged out Alcott in three sets in their first ever clash in the round-robin phase of the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne in January after also going a set down and the American again held off a strong challenge from the world No. 10 to clinch the ITF 2 Series title 36 60 64.

After Alcott and his American partner David Buck had already earned a hard-won victory over Wagner and Harry Boniface Prabhu in their quad doubles round-robin contest, Alcott and Buck sealed the doubles title with a 60 60 win over all-American duo Fred Amaya and Shoeb Khan to remain unbeaten at the end of their three matches.

McCarroll and Miki reach men’s singles final

Top seed Takuya Miki of Japan and second seed Marc McCarroll of Great Britain will meet in a men’s singles ITF 2 Series final in North America for the second time since last September after both securing straight sets wins in their respective semifinals.

World No. 8 Miki clinched a 61 62 win against third seed Adam Kellerman, while McCarroll overcame fourth seed Ben Weekes 62 64 and Miki and McCarroll will now go head-to-head on Sunday’s last day of play after McCarroll edged past Miki in a final set tiebreak in the final of September’s Tennis Canada International.

McCarroll and Miki also claimed the men’s doubles at the Tennis Canada International, but on Saturday in Tucson the top seeds finished runners-up as Australian second seeds Kellerman and Weekes prevailed 64 63 to avenge their respective singles losses to their opponents.

Kruger remains unbeaten in women’s singles

Germany’s world No. 10 Katharina Kruger maintained her unbeaten record in the women’s singles round-robin after claiming her second win over Britain’s Louise Hunt in the last three weeks.

Kruger claimed a narrow 76(8) 64 win over Hunt at last month’s Jura Indoors in Switzerland and the two players again contested a closely-fought match in Tucson, but Kruger once again emerged the winner 63 64 and has now won all of her three matches to date in straight sets.

American Dana Mathewson won the day’s other women’s singles match, beating Denmark’s Louise Willersley-Olsen 61 62.

Kruger now plays Japan’s Miho Nijo in her final match, while Hunt takes on Mathewson.

Hunt and Kruger lifted the women’s doubles title after winning their second round-robin match of the tournament against Nijo and Willersley-Olsen 61 61.