Shingo Kunieda defeated Gordon Reid in the men’s singles final today to claim his fourth British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships title.
The Japanese world No.3 showed why he is a former world No.1 as he wrapped up a 6-3, 6-1 win on Centre Court to secure his first British Open title since 2009 at Nottingham Tennis Centre.
“I’m really happy with how I played all week and I’m delighted to have won again at the British Open,” said the defending Paralympic men’s singles champion.
“Gordon has a really powerful game and when he started coming back at me in the second set, I knew I was in a tough match.
“I really love playing in this country and I can’t wait to come back in a few weeks and try and defend my title at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.”
British No.1 Reid added, “"It was disappointing to lose today, but Shingo is a fantastic player and he did very little wrong today.
“But I'm so pleased that I made it to the final and it's the first time I have achieved that so I'm happy with my overall performance here and I think it has helped my confidence going into the Paralympics."
Meanwhile, Noam Gershony made it a double this week teaming up with compatriot Shraga Weinberg to win the quad doubles title following his singles success yesterday.
The Israelis defeated Brits Andy Lapthorne and Jamie Burdekin 6-3, 7-5 to win the title for the first time together.
World No.1 Esther Vergeer and doubles partner Marjolein Buis were narrowly defeated by Jiske Griffieon and Aniek Van Koot 6-2, 5-7, 2-6.
And in the men’s doubles there were French champions as Michael Jeremiasz and Stephane Houdet defeated Dutchmen Ronald Vink and Robin Ammerlaan 6-1, 6-2.