28 Jul 2014

Alcott, Fernandez and Ellerbrock lift Belgian titles

Match Report

Photo: James Jordan / Tennis FoundationDylan Alcott (AUS)

Australia’s Dylan Alcott capped a sensational two weeks as his first career win over American world No. 1 David Wagner saw him lift the quad singles titles at the Belgian Open, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, just days after winning his first Super Series title at the British Open.

Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez and Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany claimed the men’s and women’s singles titles at the last ITF 1 Series tournament in Namur, while all three singles champions completed the event by adding the respective men’s, women’s and quad doubles titles.

For the second time in three weeks Dorrie Timmermans-van Hall beat world No. 10 Greg Hasterok as the former world top 10 ranked Dutchwoman drew on her experience to complete a 63 61 victory before defeating Italian third seed and world No. 8 Antonio Raffaele 63 26 62 to book her place in the semifinals.

But that’s where Timmermans-van Hall’s challenge came to an end as top seeds Wagner eased into the final for the loss of just four games in two matches after a first round bye.

World No. 4 Alcott faced slightly more resistance than Wagner in his quarterfinal and semifinal contests, but the second seed overcame his doubles partner, Antony Cotterill, 63 63 in the last four for the second of two straight sets matches.

Having taken Wagner to a deciding set in each of their first three career head-to-heads earlier this season, Alcott arrived in Namur having not taken a set off the world No. 1 since March, but Australia’s 23-year-old two-time Paralympic Games wheelchair basketball medallist dominated their latest match-up for a 64 61 victory for his second title in successive weeks.

Alcott and Cotterill also upset the odds to take the quad doubles title, defeating top seeds Hasterok and Wagner 61 61 to end the event having dropped just five games.

Fernandez retains men’s singles title

Evans Maripa produced the outstanding result in the quarterfinals of the men’s singles, his 76(3) 06 76(3) victory over fourth seed Nicolas Peifer bring him his first career win over the world No. 8 ranked Frenchman.

However, Fernandez brought an abrupt end to Maripa’s progress, winning their semifinal 60 60 before thwarting home hopes of a Belgian victory as the world No. 4 defeated world No. 5 and second seed Joachim Gerard 63 63 in the final for the second successive year.

Mike Denayer partnered Gerard to buoy the Belgian supporters as the fourth seeds edged out seconds seeds Maripa and Maikel Scheffers 63 57 (10-8) in the men’s double the semifinals. But they posed few problems for Fernandez and Peifer in the final, with the top seeds earning a comfortable 61 60 win to lift the title for the loss of just three games in their three matches.

Ellerbrock justifies top seeding in women’s singles

World No. 3 Ellerbrock claimed her third women’s singles title of 2014 having beaten her Dutch doubles partner Michaela Spaanstra 62 60 in her opening match and later overcoming South Africa’s world No. 8 Kgothatso Montjane 61 57 75 in the semifinals.

Ellerbrock produced a much more assured performance in the final to defeat world No. 7 Sharon Walraven of Netherlands 62 62, with Ellerbrock having already partnered Spaanstra to a thrilling 63 46 (10-5) victory over top seeds Montjane and Walraven in the women’s doubles final.

Belgian Open Final Draws