Peifer, Griffioen, Alcott win Sydney Super Series titles

Many wheelchair tennis players made their 2016 debut at the Super Series tournament in Sydney, Australia. 20 Jan 2016
Dylan Alcott celebrates winning his quad wheelchair tennis singles match against Great Britain's Andy Lapthorne at the 2014 Australian Open.

Dylan Alcott

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By International Tennis Federation

France’s Nicolas Peifer, Netherlands’ Jiske Griffioen and Australia’s Dylan Alcott won the first men’s, women’s and quad singles Super Series titles, respectively, on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour as the Apia International Sydney Wheelchair Tennis Open closed on Saturday (16 January) at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.

Peifer sealed his second singles title at Super Series level after beating Great Britain’s 2014 Sydney champion Gordon Reid 6-3 2-6 6-1.

Peifer ended the tournament with singles and doubles titles after partnering with Stephane Houdet to another French victory in the men’s doubles final. The top seeds edged out British second seeds Alfie Hewett and Reid 4-6 6-1 7-6(0).

Due to the third day’s play being all but lost to the weather earlier in the week, the men’s and women’s doubles semi-finals and finals were all played on the last day of competition Saturday.

Griffioen and Japan’s Yuji Kamiji faced each other in the women’s singles finals. A tense three-set contest saw world No. 1 Griffioen beat world No. 3 Kamiji 6-3 2-6 6-4.

Third seeds Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany and South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane got the better of Japan’s Kamiji and Kanako Domori in the women’s doubles final with the 6-2 6-4 win.

After retaining the Queensland Open quad singles title last week, world No. 1 Alcott maintained his winning start to 2016 as he also successfully defended his Sydney title with a dominant performance against British third seed Andy Lapthorne. Alcott sealed his fifth Super Series singles title, beating world No. 4 Lapthorne 6-0 6-3.

Lapthorne and fellow Brit Jamie Burdekin defeated second seeds Antony Cotterill of Great Britain and South Africa’s Lucas Sithole 5-7 6-1 6-3 in the quads doubles finals.

Complete results from the Apia International Sydney Wheelchair Tennis Open can be found on the International Tennis Federation’s website.