Two Titles For Lucas Sithole

South Africa’s champion wheelchair tennis player Lucas Sithole finished the 2015 Daegu Open with two titles.  The country’s top men wheelchair tennis ace Evans Maripa produced arguably his most focused performance in the tournament but slipped to Dutchman Tom Egberink in the men’s final on Saturday.  The 28-year old quads champ produced a tactical masterclass to defeat Japan’s Mitsuteru Moroishi 6-3 6-2 in the final and claimed a third quads singles title at Daegu Open in Korea Republic.

The former US Open champion Sithole went on to win his second Daegu Open doubles title as he teamed with Great Britain’s Anthony Cotterill to beat Japanese duo Shota Kawano/Mitsuteru Moroishi in straight sets 6-1 6-2 to claim the title.  Sithole return home on Tuesday to rest before the start of the BNP Paribas Open de France, a Super Series event, one of the six top wheelchair tennis events on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis tour starting from 23 – 28 June in Paris.  Sithole lost to his doubles partner Dylan Alcott of Australia in the semi-final round in last year’s tournament and he is hoping to do better this year.

Sithole says:  ‘Korea has been great and I am excited for winning the three titles as this is a boost for me going into the French Open.  I am happy with my performance at this stage and I am looking for a win in Paris.’  Maripa stunned top seed Takashi Sanada 7-5 7-5 to deny the world number eight a place in the finals at Daegu Open on Friday.  The result was another significant milestone for Maripa, who has beaten Miki for the first time.

After the scintillating display by Maripa eliminating top seed Sanada in men’s semi-final, Dutchman Tom Egberink stopped Maripa’s winning streak when he defeated the 24-year old 7-6 6-3 in Saturday’s finals to claim the Daegu Open men’s singles title.  Evans Maripa, Leon Els, Mariska Venter and Bongani Dlamini will go on to play the Busan Open, an ITF 2 Series event to be staged in Busan City, Korea Republic from 15-18 June.  The team will be without the country’s top women player, Kgothatso ‘KG’ Montjane who is coming home to recover after a severe throat infection that attacked her last week.

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