Photo: Nicolas RighettiDavid Wagner (USA)
Stephane Houdet, Yui Kamiji and David Wagner will go into next week’s British Open, the fifth of the six Super Series tournaments on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, on the back of winning the latest ITF 1 Series men’s, women’s and quad singles titles at the Swiss Open in Geneva on Sunday.
Houdet claimed his fourth Swiss Open title as the world No. 2 denied Argentina’s world No. 4 Gustavo Fernandez a successful title defence. The Frenchman earned a 63 16 63 triumph to reverse the result of his 2013 semifinal against Fernandez and add to his hat-trick of titles in Geneva in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
At the end of a tournament when the weather has certainly played its part, with the first two days of competition being forced indoors due to rain, the wet weather returned again on the last day, with the quad singles being the only final to be completed outdoors.
World No. 1 Wagner beat South Africa’s world No. 2 Lucas Sithole by exactly the same score that he did in the 2013 final in Geneva, the American top seed earning a 62 62 victory for his eighth Swiss Open quad singles title since 2003 and his fourth in succession.
Both players will now line up for the British Open, where triple amputee Sithole became the first African player to win a Super Series wheelchair tennis title last July.
Japan’s Yui Kamiji continued her winning streak in the women’s singles final, beating Germany’s world No. 3 and second seed Sabine Ellerbrock 64 63 to win add the Swiss Open to her list of titles ahead of trying to win her third successive Super Series title of 2014 at the British Open. Ellerbrock goes into the British Open as the defending champion.
Swiss Open Final Draws