ALCOTT ENDS SITHOLE’S HOPES OF REACHING AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINAL
Australian Open quads doubles champion Lucas Sithole saw his hopes of a place in the quad singles final fade when he was edged out 6-4 5-7 6-3 by world no.1 Australian Dylan Alcott in his third of three round-robin singles matches in Melbourne on Friday.
The Australian took the first set but Sithole fought back to secure a 7-5 thriller in the second set in 42 minutes. But Alcott was unstoppable in the deciding set at 3-3 taking the set 6-3 to reach the final.
It was a rematch of last year where Sithole lost to Alcott, with the 25-year-old securing a 6-1 6-1 victory in the quad singles division at Melbourne Park.
“I played well in patches, but I could not finish the match. I feel disappointed but know what to work on for next time”, said Sithole. The 29-year-old will not be returning home empty-handed after he secured his first Grand Slam doubles title with former world no.1 David Wagner in Melbourne on Thursday.
“We are very proud of the three players Lucas Sithole, Kgothatso Montjane and Evans Maripa who have played a great tennis for the past four weeks in Australia, especially Lucas Sithole for winning his first Grand Slam doubles title. This is a great sign that South Africa truly has great talent in the sport”, said Wheelchair Tennis South Africa General Manager Karen Losch.
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and Airports Company South Africa Partnership:
The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is the official sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and the sport of wheelchair tennis. Airports Company South Africa has contributed no less than R36-million to date and has committed to a continued investment in the sport as its flagship Corporate Social Investment programme.