Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
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28 Jan 2016
10:37 am

Sithole wins doubles title down under

Wesley Botton

The South African, who lost in the doubles final the last two years, and Wagner romped to a 6-1 6-3 victory.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27: Lucas Sithole of South Africa competes in his first round match against David Wagner of Australia during the Australian Open 2016 Wheelchair Championships at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)

Lucas Sithole secured his first Grand Slam doubles title on Thursday, winning the quad final with US partner David Wagner at the Australian Open.

The South African, who lost in the doubles final the last two years in a row at Melbourne Park, and Wagner romped to a 6-1 6-3 victory over Britain’s Andrew Lapthorne and Australian Dylan Walcott.

Sithole also clawed his way back from a set down to beat Lapthorne 2-6 6-1 6-0 in his second contest of the quad singles division.

After falling to Wagner in his opening match of the round robin stage the day before, he climbed to second place in the standings, keeping his hopes alive of adding the singles crown to his doubles title.

Fellow South African Kgothatso Montjane, meanwhile, was eliminated in the women’s wheelchair doubles semifinals. Montjane and German partner Sabine Ellerbrock were defeated by Japan’s Yui Kamiji and Dutch player Marjolein Buis, who earned a 6-4 7-5 win.