Dylan Alcott, Yui Kamji and Stephane Houdet claimed the first Super Series titles of 2019 with their respective victories at the inaugural Bendigo Wheelchair Tennis Open.
World No.1 and home favourite Alcott beat David Wagner 6-2, 6-1 to win the quad title. It is the first time that the Australian has not dropped more than three games against the USA’s world No.2 since their 2017 final in Sydney.
“I’ve really enjoyed it here in Bendigo. We had a big crowd come out this morning, which is cool,” said Alcott.
“I’m from Melbourne, so this is still Victoria county and even though it’s two hours away for me I grew up around here playing a few tournaments as well.”
It was Alcott’s 14th career Super Series singles title. “I played really well this week to beat Koji and Wagner really convincingly and haven’t done that for a while, so I feel really good heading into Melbourne.”
Houdet wins 12th crown
The Frenchman achieved his first win over Gustavo Fernandez in four matches in a thrilling encounter at the Bendigo Tennis Centre. After beating him 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-2, Houdet edged back ahead 18-17 in their career head-to-heads.
Fernandez still left with a sweet taste as he took the men’s doubles title alongside Brit Gordon Reid following a 6-3, 6-3 victory over top seeds Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in the final.
Kamiji takes revenge
The second successive women’s Super Series final between world No. 2 Yui Kamiji and world No. 3 Aniek van Koot produced an even closer finish as the former emerged triumphant 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(3). Last September, van Koot had won 7-5 in the third.
The Japanese enjoyed a double celebration as she also won the doubles title together with Netherlands’ Marjolein Buis.