Alfie Hewett wins final Super SeriesAniek van Koot and David Wagner also emerge triumphant in St. Louis 03 Sep 2018
Alfie Hewett won the last wheelchair tennis Super Series tournament of 2018 after beating Japan’s world No.1 Shingo Kunieda 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the men’s singles final, in St. Louis, USA.
It was the British player’s second Super Series title of the season after winning March’s Cajun Classic following a victory also against Kunieda in the decisive match.
Hewett and Kunieda end the season as the only two male players to win two of the season’s six Super Series titles.
French duo Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer emerged victorious in the doubles after defeating Hewett and his compatriot Gordon Reid 6-4, 6-1.
Aniek van Koot enjoys double success
The Dutchwoman arrived in St. Louis having not won a women’s Super Series singles title since the 2014 South African Open in Johannesburg.
But this negative streak came to an end after producing a stirring comeback for a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Japan’s world No.2 Yui Kamiji in the final.
Van Koot also joined forces with compatriot Marjolein Buis to claim the doubles title after defeating South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane and Japan’s Momoko Ohtani 6-1, 2-6, 6-1.
David Wagner wins eighth title
USA’s world No.1 David Wagner celebrated once again on home soil in St. Louis thanks to a 7-5, 6-1 triumph over Great Britain’s Andy Lapthorne in the quad singles final.
Both finalists then came together to win the quad doubles title as they held off the challenge of second seeds and Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medallists Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson 6-2, 6-2.
The world’s best men’s, women’s and quad players will next take part in the US Open, the last Grand Slam of the year, in New York between 6 and 9 September.