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Buis and Lapthorne spoil SA party at ACSA SA open Frenchman Stephane Houdet joined England's Andy Lapthorne and Marjolein Buis from the Netherlands in the Champions Circle at the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) SA Open at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium after he denied Great Britain a two-for-two result.
The world number two beat Scotsman Gordon Reid in three sets 3-6 6-4 6-3 to lift the Men's Singles title while Buis defeated South Africa's KG Montjane in the Women's Singles and Lapthorne claimed the Quads Singles title from South Africa's Lucas Sithole.
World number four Buis needed two hours and 24 minutes to defeat South Africa's KG Montjane in straight sets 6-3 6-3, while Lapthorne triumphed in the third set tie breaker against Sithole. The South African won the first set 6-3, while the Englishman took the second 6-0 and won the third 7-6 (9).
All three newly-crowned champions thanked the crowds for their support and assured the fans that they would be back next year to defend their titles.
Now that the SA Open is a Super Series event on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, it will continue to attract the top players around the world. Montjane was obviously disappointed with her loss, especially after she broke the Dutch players' serve twice in the second set and had the chance to take the set to a tie break.
The Quads Singles match between Sithole and Lapthorne went down the wire after both players won a set a piece. When the pair reached nine-all in the tie-break, the Englishman won the title 11 -9 after two unforced errors from the South African.
"It was a fantastic contest," said Lapthorne. "Lucas is one of the grittiest competitors on the circuit and he just never gives up."
Sithole is proud of climbing to no. four on the World Circuit after beating the world number one and that is something really positive to take away from his first Super Series final.