21 Jan 2017

Fernandez and Kamiji lift Melbourne Open titles

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Photo: Anibal Greco/Sergio LlameraGustavo Fernandez (ARG)

Gustavo Fernandez and Yui Kamiji go into the coming week’s Australian Open wheelchair tennis event on a high after straight sets wins on Saturday in the men’s and women’s singles finals at the Melbourne Open, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Fernandez defeated world No. 1 Gordon Reid 76(3) 61 in the men’s singles final and ended the ITF 2 event with both singles and doubles titles after partnering Alfie Hewett to victory in the men’s doubles final.

The Argentinian second seed and world No. 4 clinched his first singles title since last July’s Belgian Open as he reversed the outcome of his Melbourne Open quarterfinal against Reid in 2016, with top seed Reid finishing runner-up in the ITF 2 tournament for the second successive year.

Victory for Fernandez also brought him level with Reid on 13 wins apiece in their career head-to-heads. He will now bid for his second Grand Slam singles crown after securing his last previous win against Reid in the Roland Garros men’s singles final last June.

World No. 2 Kamiji gave notice that she is in fine form ahead of the first Grand Slam of 2017 with her ever 60 60 win over world No.4 van Koot in 28 heads-to-heads, although the Dutchwoman still leads their head-to-head record 15:13.

Fernandez and Hewett completed their first tournament together as doubles partners with three straight sets wins. The second seeds defeated top seeds Joachim Gerard and Nicolas Peifer 63 64 to lift the men’s doubles title.