JAMBES, Belgium, August 5 (ANA) – South African wheelchair tennis quad ace Lucas Sithole continued his ascent in the world of quads by winning the Belgian Open singles title on Sunday…

For the victory, Sithole beat top seed Sam Schroder from the Netherlands in a three-set showdown.

The two-time Grand Slam champion from Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal demonstrated strength and endurance as he twice came from behind to win 1-6 7-6(3) 6-4.

“I have been working very hard and it’s exciting to see it’s now paying off. The goal is to break back into the top three in the world, so I will keep at it,” commented Sithole, who is ranked seventh in the singles and eighth in the doubles rankings.

“I will return home to work on areas that need attention, with the main focus being the September events in the United States.”

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Meanwhile, Raven Klaasen’s rich vein of form continued this past weekend as he lifted the Citi Open ATP 500 doubles title in Washington, United States, on Sunday.

The 36-year-old has now lifted 16 career doubles titles with the win from this past weekend.

Klaassen and New Zealander Michael Venus saw off Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands) and Horia Tecau (Romania) to win 3-6 6-3 10-2 in the final.

Klaasen and Venus won the Noventi Open in Germany in June, prior to their semi-final finish at the Wimbledon Grand Slam event in London a few weeks later.

“For us, every day felt like a final, pretty much,” Klaasen told the ATP website, immediately after their stunning victory in the final.

“We snuck through a couple of match tie-breaks this week.

“If you had asked me what the chances were of us sitting here today at the beginning of the week, it would have been a stretch to imagine given the strength of the field.”

Klaasen has now moved up two spots in this week’s ATP doubles rankings to seventh place, with Venus one position behind in eighth.

The duo has also risen to second place in the race to reach the end-of-year ATP doubles finals.

Another South African, Kevin Anderson, moved up a spot to 10th place in the singles rankings.

The 33-year-old was forced to withdraw from the Citi Open in the second-round stages because of injury.

 

 

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Author: ANA Newswire