BRITAIN’S Jamie Burdekin partnered the USA’s world No.1 David Wagner to win the quad doubles title at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships.
Burdekin and Wagner were in scintillating form at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, securing a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Australia’s quad singles champion Dylan Alcott and last year’s quad singles champion Lucas Sithole of South Africa.
“It is always important to do well here,” said Burdekin, from Liverpool. “This is our backyard, I have family down here supporting me and this is one of the tournaments we all really want to do well at.”
Shingo Kunieda won his fifth men’s singles title, beating GB’s Gordon Reid for the second time in two years.
Kunieda commanded the opening set and although world No.3 Reid came from 5-1 down to have a game point that would have made it 5-4 in the second set, the top seed held on to add to his previous titles in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012 with a 6-1 6-3 triumph.
“I’m very happy to win here for the fifth time. I served well today and returned well and I felt like I could control everything, so it was a very good match for me,” said Kunieda.
Reid had been chasing his second Super Series title of the year after beating Kunieda in the semi-finals of the Sydney International in January before going on to win that title.
“It’s a dream to win my home Super Series, but Shingo’s been the best payer all week and he was the better player today, so congratulations to him, he played a great match,” said Reid.
London 2012 bronze medallists Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley’s bid to add further British success ended with a narrow defeat in the women’s doubles final.
Second seeds Shuker and Whiley led in both the first and second sets, but top seeds Yui Kamiji, of Japan, and Aniek van Koot, of the Netherlands, sealed a 7-5, 6-4 victory, with Kamiji ending the tournament as both women’s singles and women’s doubles champion.
It’s been a fantastic July for Kamiji, who started the month by winning the Wimbledon title alongside Whiley.
“I don’t think we could have done any more apart from win, we played a good match, but they just won the important points on the day,” said Whiley.
The British Open is one of six events to have Super Series status, the highest tier of tournament on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, outside of the Grand Slams.
Organised by the Tennis Foundation, the British Open has been a crucial tournament for the world’s leading men’s, women’s and quad players aiming to gain enough ranking points to qualify for the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, the year-end singles championship, which takes places at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, on 26 – 30 November.
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25TH BRITISH OPEN FINALS RESULTS:
 S Kunieda (JPN) d  G Reid (GBR) 6-1 6-3
 Y Kamiji (JPN) d  A van Koot (NED) 6-3 2-6 6-4
 D Alcott (AUS) d  A Lapthorne (GBR) 7-5 6-1
 J Gerard (BEL)/M Scheffers (NED) d  G Fernandez (ARG)/N Peifer (FRA) 2-6 6-3 6-1
 Y Kamiji (JPN)/A van Koot (NED) d  L Shuker (GBR)/J Whiley (GBR) 7-5 6-4
 D Wagner (USA)/J Burdekin (GBR) d  D Alcott (AUS)/ L Sithole (RSA) 6-0 6-1
 M McCarroll (GBR)/J Whiley (GBR) d D Bailey (GBR)/L Esperanza Merry (GBR) 6-1 6-3