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McCarrol and Ellerbrock win double titles at ACSA SA Open

South Africa is proving to be a great hunting ground for British wheelchair tennis stars. On Wednesday Marc McCarrol seeded six won his first international title by capturing the men’s singles of the Airports Company South Africa SA Open at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. In the final, McCarrol upset second seeded fellow countryman Gordon Reid 4-6 6-2 6-3. The win catapulted McCarrol to number 13 on the world ranking list and he is now one spot behind Reid on the rankings making him the official British number 2.

A thrilled McCarrol said it was his first international final and was delighted with the win. “I was nervous going into the match and made a bunch of unforced errors in the first set but calmed myself and managed to improve my serve and returns which helped me close out the match and win my first title.”

McCarrol who ended the giant-killing run of South African Evans Maripa in yesterday’s semi-finals upset top seeded Takashi Sanada of Japan in the quarter finals. “South Africa is proving to be a great place for me. I’ve had some real good wins and in the final today, despite losing the first set, I felt that I played well. Gordon is a respected opponent, doubles partner and friend and he fought to the bitter end. I won after losing two match points proving how tough the final was. I am really happy with this win,” continued McCarrol.

McCarrol then teamed up with Reid to win the men’s doubles title. The top seeded Brits beat second seeded Yoshinobu Fujimoto and Takashi Sanada of Japan 6-1 6-4.

Defending champion in the women’s singles, Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany regained her title when she beat top seeded Marjolein Buis of Netherlands 6-4 2-6 6-2. Ellerbrock who has just jetted in from the USA said she felt at home in South Africa. “I just love playing in South Africa. It’s becoming like a second home. I had a lot of pressure with me as defending champion to win again so I could defend my points and maintain my world ranking of 5” she said. Ellerbrock then teamed up with Buis to win the doubles title.

Top seeded Quad player, Andrew Lapthorne of Great Britain gave his country a third title when he beat unseeded Boaz Kramer of Israel 6-3 7-6 to capture the Quad singles. The world number 4 lost only one set (vs Weinberg) in the semi-finals en route to lifting the title.

In the Junior event, it was an all-South African final with second seed Thabang Lekhanyane of Alexandra, Joburg causing a minor upset when she beat top seeded Mabel Mankgele of Limpopo 6-2 6-4.

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