Diede de Groot has defended her title at the Australian Open with a great display of power. The 25-year-old wheelchair tennis player defeated her doubles partner Aniek van Koot in just 58 minutes of tennis: 6-1, 6-1.
For De Groot, who has dominated wheelchair tennis since 2018, this means her thirteenth grand slam title in singles. Last season she became the first wheelchair tennis player to achieve the golden slam: winning all grand slam tournaments and a gold medal at the Paralympic Games in the same year. In Melbourne, De Groot and Van Koot had already won the doubles title together on Wednesday. Despite all the prizes won by Van Koot and De Groot, Esther Vergeer still leads the list of honour: in singles alone she has won 30 grand slam tournaments. Next tot hat she has also won 24 Grand Slam titles in doubles. In addition tot he fact that this was in a time when fewer events were organised. Schröder beats crowd favorite Alcott In the quad category (the category for tennis players with disabilities in both arms and legs), Sam Schröder took his second grand slam title. The winner of the US Open in 2020 was to strong for Australian crowd favorite Dylan Alcott: 7-5, 6-0.
The final was a repeat of the Tokyo Paralympic final. In which Schröder, the number two in the world ranking, had to acknowledge defeat against Alcott and settle for the silver medal.