World No. 1s claim Georgia Open titles

Kunieda and de Groot celebrate on US soil 18 Mar 2019
male wheelchair tennis player Shingo Kunieda prepares to play a backhand on a hard court

Shingo Kunieda picked up his second title of the year at the Georgia Open

ⒸRome Tennis Centre at Berry College

The top-ranked players in wheelchair tennis took home the silverware at the Georgia Open on Sunday. Japan’s Shingo Kunieda added the men’s singles Georgia Open trophy to his list of successes while Diede de Groot retained the women’s singles title.

Kunieda defeated world No. 4 Alfie Hewett of Great Britain 6-3, 6-3 in the final. In the previous rounds he also beat two other top ten players: Belgium’s Joachim Gerard in the quarter finals and France’s Stephane Houdet in the semi-finals.

It was Kunieda’s second title of the year after winning the Melbourne Open in January.

In the women’s final, Dutchwoman De Groot hold on to beat compatriot and world No. 3 Aniek van Koot 6-3, 7-5 to lift the second trophy of the year without losing any set after emerging triumphant at the Australian Open.

On her way to the final, the world No. 1 beat France’s Charlotte Famin 6-2, 7-5; Germany’s world Katharina Kruger 6-3, 6-0 and another Dutch player, Marjolein Buis 6-1, 6-3.

Wagner wins

Quad singles world No. 2 David Wagner improved on his second place-finish at last year's inaugural Georgia Open to claim the title. The US player defeated South Africa's Lucas Sithole 6-2, 6-4 for his second title of the year following his Melbourne Open victory.

Kunieda, Groot and Wagner are hoping to extend their winning sequences at the Cajun Classic, the second Super Series tournament of the year, which begins on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, USA.

Full results of the Georgia Open are available on the ITF website.