World No.1s swept the board at the Belgian Open, with David Wagner, Gustavo Fernandez and Yui Kamiji winning the quad, men’s and women’s singles titles on Sunday (30 July)
It is perfect preparation for the three players heading into the British Open, the fifth Super Series event of the year, which gets underway this week.
Wagner clinched his 11th Belgian Open title with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Australia’s Heath Davidson in the quad singles final. Wagner left the tournament with singles and doubles titles after partnering Bryan Barten to an all-US victory in the quad doubles final. The top seeds beat Davidson and Sithole 6-4, 6-0.
Fernandez retains men’s singles title
Fernandez won his sixth singles title of 2017 after a 7-5, 7-5 victory over France’s Nicolas Peifer. The Argentinian raced through his semifinal against Japan’s fourth seed Takashi Sanada 6-4, 6-0. Meanwhile, third seed Peifer ended the home challenge of second seed Joachim Gerard 6-1, 6-2.
In the men’s doubles, top seeds Frederic Cattaneo and Peifer won their third successive match tiebreak to retaine the title against Spain’s Daniel Caverzaschi and Brazil’s Daniel Rodrigues 4-6, 6-1, 10-5.
Kamiji takes tally of 2017 singles titles into doubles figures
The Japanese strengthened her hold on the women’s world No. 1 ranking with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Dutch third seed Aniek van Koot.
Van Koot went into this year’s final having beaten Germany’s second seed and 2016 champion Sabine Ellerbrock 6-1, 6-4 in their semifinal, a rematch of last year’s final. Kamiji, meanwhile, outlasted the Netherlands’ fourth seed Marjolein Buis 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-2.
Ellerbrock and her fellow Katharina Kruger threatened to upset the top seeds in the women’s doubles final, but ultimately Buis and van Koot battled back for a thrilling 4-6, 6-3, 12-10 victory.
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