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- Updated: November 7, 2013
Our US Open quads champion, Lucas Sithole has failed in his mission to win the NEC Wheelchair Masters tennis title in the United States, writes Mark Etheridge.
The 2012 London Paralympian had won his opening match at the event being played at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion in Mission Viejo, California.
He played fourth-seeded American Nick Taylor in the opening round, winning 6-0 6-4.
Then he was up against defending champion David Wagner, also of US, and the man he beat to claim the US Open title.
Despite a two-hour battle Sithole went down 7-6 (6) 6-0 to the world’s top-ranked player. Wagner has thus won both his round-robin matches.
This leaves Sithole and world No3 to fight it out on Thursday for the right to face Wagner in the final.
Meanwhile in the women’s division Sithole’s Paralympian team-mate Kgothatso Montjane also tasted defeat. Currently ranked sixth in the world, the player commonly known as KG, went down to Netherlands players Jiske Griffieon (ranked third) and Sharon Walraven 6-1 6-1 and 7-5 1-6 4-6, the last match being an epic battle.