Dutch top seed Aniek van Koot claimed her maiden grand slam title with a three set win over Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock in the final of the women’s wheelchair singles on Saturday afternoon.
Runner-up at last year’s event, van Koot went one better in the 6-1 1-6 7-5 victory but was forced to overcome some late-match jitters.
Ahead 5-2 in the deciding set, the 22-year-old lost her way in the face of a surge from Ellerbrock, who fought back to five-all, saving a remarkable seven match points in the process.
But van Koot closed it out on match point number eight with a deep forehand and admitted she was still feeling tense post-match.
“I’m still nervous,” she laughed afterwards.
“Sometimes you have the feeling if you’re not going to win them (match points) now, you’re not going to get a chance again. I was very pleased to keep my serve to go to 6-5. In the end I started to enjoy it a bit more and then it went better.”
Van Koot also claimed the women’s doubles championship after teaming up with countrywoman Jiske Griffioen on Friday, and plans to celebrate on Saturday night with a quiet drink and meal.
In the men’s singles final, Japan’s Shingo Kunieda was at his speedy best in a 6-2 6-0 victory over French world No. 1 Stephane Houdet.
Kunieda has claimed the title in all but one year since its creation in 2007.
“Last year I was injured so I couldn’t play here, but I have the title again, so I’m very happy,” he said.
The 42-year-old Houdet, who claimed the Australian Open 2012 in Kunieda’s absence, was gracious in defeat.
“It’s very nice to play under the sun in Australia, it’s always a great tournament. But today the sun was Shingo,” he said.
Kunieda teamed up with Frenchman Michael Jeremiasz to defeat the Australian/Swedish combination of Adam Kellerman and Stefan Olsson 6-0 6-1 in the doubles final on Friday.