Kunieda wins British Open title

World No.1 claims his fifth British Open title with convincing straight sets win in Nottingham 21 Jul 2014
Shingo Kunieda in a wheelchair plays a backhand with his tennis racket

Japan's Shingo Kunieda is currently the world No. 1 in wheelchair tennis

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"I served well today and returned well and I felt like I could control everything, so it was a very good match for me"

Shingo Kunieda won his fifth British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships men’s singles title on Sunday (20 July) in Nottingham with the event having its first Japanese men’s and women’s singles champions in its 25 year history.

Yui Kamiji claimed the women’s singles title on the penultimate day of play as to make it a highly successful tournament for Japan’s two world No. 1 ranked players, while Australia’s Dylan Alcott claimed his first quad singles Super Series title.

World No.1 Kunieda beat world No. 3 ranked Brit Gordon Reid in the men’s final for the second time since 2012. The top seed commanded the opening set and, although Reid came from 5-1 down to 5-3 in the second set, Kunieda held on to add to his previous titles in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012 with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph.

“I’m very happy to win here for the fifth time. I served well today and returned well and I felt like I could control everything, so it was a very good match for me,” said Kunieda.

Reid had been chasing his second Super Series title of the year after beating Kunieda in the semi-finals of the Sydney International in January before going on to win that title.

“It’s a dream to win my home Super Series, but Shingo’s been the best payer all week and he was the better player today, so congratulations to him, he played a great match,” said Reid.

There was British success on the final day as Jamie Burdekin partnered the USA’s world No.1 David Wagner to win the quad doubles title with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Australia’s quad singles champion Alcott and 2013 quad singles champion Lucas Sithole of South Africa.

“It is always important to do well here. This is our backyard, I have family down here supporting me and this is one of the tournaments we all really want to do well at as a Tennis Foundation organised event," said Burdekin after he and Wagner dropped just the first game of the second set to give the Brit his second Super Series doubles title after victory at the Japan Open in 2012.

"David is a great player and I’ve always respected his game, especially his doubles, as a three-time Paralympic doubles gold medallist, so I was proud to be on court with him,” added Burdekin.