Aniek van Koot stumps Sabine Ellerbrock in South Africa

Aniek van Koot, David Wagner and Stephane Houdet all triumphed at the Airports Company South Africa SA Open. 05 May 2014
Aniek van Koot

The Netherlands' Aniek van Koot plays a forehand in the women's wheelchair tennis match.

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"This is quite special. I didn't expect this. I was playing such bad tennis at the beginning of the week that I thought I'd be out by the semis and go to the lion park on the weekend. I'm very happy.”

Stephane Houdet, Aniek van Koot and David Wagner clinched the men’s, women’s and quad singles titles on Saturday (3 May) at the second Super Series event on the 2014 ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour as the Airports Company South Africa SA Open drew to a close a

At Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, van Koot beat Germany’s world No. 1 Sabine Ellerbrock for the second time this season in the only one of the title deciders to go to three sets. The current Dutch world No. 4 and 2013 ITF World Champion prevailed, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the women’s final.

Van Koot secured the crucial service hold in the very last game of the opening set, but an immediate service hold and break at the start of the second set was enough to give top seed Ellerbrock the cushion she needed to be able to go on and level the match.

However, second seed van Koot clinched the last three games of the final set to win her third title from four tournaments this season.

"This is quite special,” van Koot said. “I didn't expect this. I was playing such bad tennis at the beginning of the week that I thought I'd be out by the semis and go to the lion park on the weekend. I'm very happy.”

Wagner beats Sithole to lift quads title

A year after his first ever career loss to Sithole in the quad singles semi-finals in Johannesburg, world No. 1 Wagner dominated the opening set of Saturday’s final, with breaks in the first and fifth games of the match giving him the initiative as Sithole’s two games both came from service holds.

Sithole’s only break of the match game in the eight game in the second set after Wagner had built a 5-2 lead and the top seed went on to wrap up a 6-2, 6-3 victory to extend his winning sequence against Sithole this season to four matches.

“I knew Lucas would have a lot of support out there, and it’s phenomenal to see that kind of support in wheelchair tennis,” Wagner said. “It’s good that they could see him playing at his best at home. But for me, this is great because I lost in the semi-finals here last year to Lucas I know Lucas will never give up in a match so I can’t let down my guard.

Wagner’s now won 12 of their 16 career heads-to-heads, Sithole’s only four wins over the American coming in 2013, when the South African world No. 2 was the only player to beat Wagner during an otherwise unbeaten season.

"David played very smart tennis. I knew he was going to go all out and I gave it my best, but it didn’t work out,” said Sithole. “It’s not great losing at home because this is our biggest tournament.”

Houdet retains men’s singles title in rematch with Reid

In a rematch of last year’s final in Johannesburg Houdet faced world No. 3 ranked Brit Gordon Reid, who won his maiden Super Series singles title at the Sydney International Open in January.

However, Reid’s bid for back-to-back Super Series crowns ended as Houdet made the most of his chances to earn a 6-3, 6-3 victory.

Houdet earned the first break of the final to lead 3-2 and then took the final two games of the opening set before building a 4-1 second set lead. Reid gained his one and only break of the Frenchman’s serve in the 13th game, but Houdet broke straight back to retain his title.

“I played smart,” Houdet said. “I won almost all of the break points and just lost my serve once. I gave him tough balls to play. The level of the game could’ve been better. The altitude is tough when it comes to controlling the ball, and I think we both made too many mistakes.”