Stephane Houdet wins Sardinia Open

Frenchman extends winning streak in Italy after claiming US Open title 25 Sep 2017
Stephane Houdet of France in action in his Men's Wheelchair Singles Final against Shingo Kunieda of Japan during the Australian Open 2015 Wheelchair Championships

Stephane Houdet of France

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In an all-French final, world No.2 Stephane Houdet defeated No.5 Nicolas Peifer 6-3, 6-1 to win the men’s singles at the Sardinia Open in Alghero, Italy, on 23 September, following on from his US Open USTA Championships Super Series and US Open Grand Slam titles.

Four and a half months on from steering France to the men’s title at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup, Peifer and Houdet again joined forces to capture the doubles title in Alghero after beating Joachim Gerard of Belgium and Stefan Olsson of Sweden 6-2, 6-3.

Eight years on from finishing runner-up to Dutchwoman Sharon Walraven in her first Sardinia Open women’s singles final, Germany’s world No.9 Katharina Kruger could finally win the title in Alghero following a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over France’s Charlotte Famin.

In their second tournament together, Kruger and Russia’s Viktoriia Lvova* snatched the doubles title after edging out Famin and Italy’s Marianna Lauro 5-7, 6-1, 10-8.

Among David Wagner’s extensive list of quad singles titles, the Sardinia Open was missing until this year, but USA’s world No. 1 put that right with a comprehensive 6-0, 6-2 victory in the 2017 final against Germany’s Maximillian Laudan.

The quad doubles final ended in a 6-0, 6-3 victory for Israeli second seeds Itay Erenlib and Shraga Weinberg vs. top seeds Antony Cotterill and Lucas Sithole to claim their second career doubles title together.

Full story is available on the ITF’s website.

*Editor’s note: The International Paralympic Committee suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee on 7 August 2016 for its inability to fulfil its IPC membership responsibilities and obligations, in particular its obligation to comply with the IPC Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Code (to which it is also a signatory). As a result of the suspension, Russian athletes cannot enter IPC sanctioned events or competitions, including the Paralympic Games. For further information please click here.