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St Louis | Lapthorne leads a trio of double champions

St Louis | Lapthorne leads a trio of double champions
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British tennis fans had much to celebrate as Andy Lapthorne kicked off the final day at the USTA US Open Wheelchair Tennis championships in style.

By triumphing over Australia’s Heath Davidson in straight sets 6-3 6-4 he added the quads singles title to the doubles title he had already won with David Wagner only 24 hours before.

With the win Lapthorne also maintained his 100% record against Davidson and remains the only player in the current top four to not have fallen to the World number five, who only the day before had scored his second victory in as many weeks over World number one Wagner.

And it’s also helped him to close the gap between himself and Wagner in the rankings a little, strengthening his bid to become singles World number one.

Lapthorne will now be moving on to New York, where he will compete in the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open, and no doubt be wanting to repeat the success he’s had here in St Louis.

A day of doubles

But Lapthorne wasn’t the only one to do the double at the sixth and final Super Series event of 2017.

In fact every singles champion at this years event had also been crowned a doubles champion the day before, Stephane Houdet and Yui Kamiji coming out on top in the men’s open and women’s open divisions respectively.

For Houdet lifting the trophy in 2017 saw him make it to a hat trick of USTA US Open Wheelchair Tennis Championship singles titles, defeating World number one Gustavo Fernandez 6-4 7-5 to retain the title.

And three was the magic number for Japan’s Yui Kamiji too, who treated us to a three set thriller against Diede de Groot eventually taking the win on her seventh match point 5-7 6-3 7-6 (12).

It was the third meeting of the pair, the third close match between them and the the third time the World number one had come out on top in a Super Series final this year.

About The Author

Gemma-Louise Stevenson

I am a mulit-­platform broadcast journalist with experience in radio, TV and online – sports broadcasting and reporting is my passion and I have previously worked for the BBC as well as local broadcasting outlets. A former P.E. and dance teacher who also worked as a professional performer, my most memorable contract coming in 2012 when I appeared as a dancer in the Olympic Opening Ceremony directed by Danny Boyle, a career change has enabled me to fulfil a lifelong ambition and become a journalist. I have experience of reporting on most mainstream sports but my true passion lies in progressing the reporting of para-­sport, with disability tennis being a particular specialism. And outside of work I don’t just talk tennis, I also play it.

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