Shingo Kunieda and Yui Kamiji sealed a Japanese double in the men’s and women’s singles as the US Open USTA Championships, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, came to a close on Sunday in St. Louis, with David Wagner securing a home victory after retaining the quad singles titles at the final Super Series event of 2013.
World No. 1 Kunieda claimed his fifth US Open Super Series title, regaining the title he last won in 2010 after beating world No. 2 Stephane Houdet in three sets.
The world’s top two ranked players fought out two close opening sets before a thunderstorm interrupted the men’s singles final and Kunieda regrouped for the deciding set, eventually sealing a 64 36 62 victory for his third Super Series title of the year.
Kunieda left St. Louis with both the men’s singles and doubles titles, having already partnered Houdet to justify top seeding and beat third seeds Michael Jeremiasz and Maikel Scheffers 63 61 in the doubles final.
Kamiji wins third Super Series title of 2013
World No. 5 Kamiji also won her third Super Series women’s singles title of 2013 after beating Dutch world No. 2 Aniek van Koot for the third time in five matches this season.
Kamiji, the Japan Open and BNP Paribas Open de France champion, ensured that she will go into her debut appearance at the US Open Grand Slam in New York on a winning note after securing a 64 36 62 victory, the same score by which Kunieda prevailed.
Kamiji’s victory means that van Koot ended the event with two runners-up trophies. Top seeds Van Koot and fellow Dutchwoman Jiske Griffioen were beaten 62 62 as South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane and Britain’s Jordanne Whiley won the women’s doubles final for their first title together.
Wagner retains quad singles and doubles titles
Wagner made it four Super Series titles on home soil after winning back-to-back US Open USTA Championships quad singles crowns.
With world No. 2 Andy Lapthorne completing his first tournament for three months, the Briton made a confident start to the final, but world No. 1 Wagner finished much the stronger for a 46 62 63 win to earn his third Super Series title of the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
Wagner completed the tournament with both the quad singles and quad doubles titles after partnering Nick Taylor to also retain another title. With Taylor and Wagner leading fellow Americans Bryan Barten by a set and 2-1 when rain caused the doubles final to be suspended on the penultimate day’s play, the top seeds won all four games on the resumption to wrap up a 62 61 victory.