16 Mar 2014

Miki, Kruger and Wagner lift Desert Classic titles

Match Report

Photo: Steve WylieKatharina Kruger (GER)

Takuya Miki of Japan, Germany’s Katharina Kruger and David Wagner of the United States won the men’s, women’s and quad singles titles at the USTA/ITF Fab-U-Life Desert Classic in Tucson, Arizona, the first of three back-to-back ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour events in USA.

Top seed Miki, who attained his career-best world ranking of No. 8 in January after reaching his first Super Series final in Sydney, made an impressive start to the men’s singles final against world No. 14 and second seed Marc McCarroll. Although the Brit created more chances in the second set, Miki completed a 60 64 victory to claim his second title of 2014.

World No. 10 Kruger finished the five-way round-robin women’s singles unbeaten in all four of her matches after winning her last contest of the week against Japan’s Miho Nijo 62 63. Brit Louise Hunt, whom Kruger partnered to win the women’s doubles, claimed runners-up honours after her 64 61 win over American Dana Mathewson provided her third victory from four matches.  

Wagner edged out Australia’s Dylan Alcott in three sets in the quad singles final, holding off a strong challenge from the world No. 10 on Saturday’s penultimate day of play 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 his partner 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.

Australian second seeds Adam Kellerman and Ben Weekes won the men's doubles, defeating men’s singles finalists and top seeds McCarroll and Miki 64 63, having been beaten by their two opponents in the semifinals of the men's singles.