13 Jan 2018

Kunieda, Kamiji, Alcott net Sydney Open titles

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Photo: Tim BrassilYui Kamiji (JPN)

Shingo Kunieda, Yui Kamiji and Dylan Alcott claimed the men’s, women’s and quad singles titles on Saturday at the Sydney International Wheelchair Tennis Open.

The first Super Series tournament on the 2018 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour finished with the same singles roll of honour as in 2015.

With the tournament celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Alcott once again provided a home victory as the Australian world No. 3 came back from 4-1 down in the final set to wrap up his fourth successive title in Sydney, beating USA’s world No. 1 David Wagner 36 64 64.

Alcott completed the tournament with both the quad singles and doubles titles, having already partnered Heath Davidson to an all-Australian win in the doubles.

After the first four days of competition had taken place at the new venue of Blacktown Tennis Centre, the singles finals all took place at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre alongside the Sydney International ATP World Tour and WTA event, with seven-time ITF World Champion and seventh seed Kunieda clinching his fifth title in Sydney as he beat world No. 2 Alfie Hewett 64 64.

While Kunieda claimed his first Super Series title since June 2015, 20-year-old Hewett finished runner-up in Sydney for the second straight year and his quest for a first Super Series singles title continues.

Amid blustery conditions at Sydney Olympic Pak, Kamiji earned her second Sydney International Open women’s singles title after beating world No. 5 Aniek van Koot 36 62 63.

“It’s been a very good week here in Sydney - today was difficult conditions to play in for both myself and Aniek,” said Kamiji. “I thought a lot on the match of how I could get the point but I am still trying to get better for next week and Australian Open.”

Kamiji claimed her 19th win over her Dutch opponent in 34 head-to-heads and six years on from their first career meeting at the Sydney International in 2012, a quarterfinal contest that van Koot won in straight sets.

2018 Sydney International Wheelchair Tennis Open Draws