Photo: Gregory PicoutShingo Kunieda (JPN)
World No. 1 players Shingo Kunieda, Yui Kamiji and David Wagner retained their men’s, women’s and quad singles titles as the 28th BNP Paribas Open de France, the fourth Super Series event on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, drew to a close in Antony, Paris.
Wagner extended his unbeaten record over world No. 4 Dylan Alcott to six matches after a hotly contested opening set in the quad singles final. The American top seed controlled the second from the outset for a 76 61 victory to give him seventh BNP Paribas Open de France title since 2005 and his third successive straight sets win over Australia’s Alcott after three three sets encounters earlier in the year.
Wagner finished runner-up in the quad doubles, partnerring fellow American Greg Hasterok, as British second seeds Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne upset the odds to win their firrst Super Series title together.
"It was a good match. I feel honoured to play in so many French Opens and have the chance to win," said Wagner. "I want to thank Marc Mclean and Greg Hasterok for being there and supporting me. I also want to thank Jason Harnett and John Devorss (coaches) for their messages and support. And hello to my entire family in the United States. I love you all."
After rain had forced Saturday’s singles semifinals and doubles finals to be played indoors, the quad singles final also had to be played indoors, but the weather conditions improved enough for the men’s and women’s singles finals to be completed outdoors.
Twenty-year-old Kamiji confirmed her world No. 1 ranking with a 64 61 victory over world No. 2 Aniek van Koot in the women’s singles final after posting an identical score to her semifinal win over the Dutchwoman in the 2013 semifinals. Kamiji has now won five of the last six Super titles she has contested.
“I’m very happy that I could win singles and doubles like last year,” said Kamiji, who won the women’s doubles title on the penultimate day of this year’s tournament, partnering Dutchwoman Marjolein Buis, having teamed up with Britain’s Jordanne Whiley to win the doubles title in 2013.
A year on from Kunieda and Kamiji securing a Japanese double in Antony and three weeks on from a repeat at Roland Garros, they both added their names to the roll of honour once again as Kunieda denied the home fans of a French champion in the last final of the championships, defeating world No. 2 Stephane Houdet.
Houdet’s five games that he took off Kunieda in the Roland Garros final at the start of the month remain his biggest success against his great rival this season.
Kunieda earned his first ever 60 60 win over Houdet in Rotterdam in February. Japan’s five-time ITF World Champion was in peerless form again, wrapping up a comprehensive 60 62 victory in Antony for his fifth successive BNP Paribas Open de France title and his second straight Super Series title this season.
"I love this centre court. It’s very big and today they are many spectators and every year there is big support for me. I love Paris," said Kunieda, who also ended the tournament with singles and doubles titles for the second successive year, having retained the men’s doubles title with Houdet on the penultimate day.
BNP Paribas Open de France Final Draws