London Paralympian Lucas Sithole, ranked No2 in the world in the wheelchair tennis quads division has roared into the Australian Open final on Friday.
This means that he’s the second South African to be involved in a final at the year’s first Grand Slam ÔÇô Raven Klaasen is already in the final of the men’s doubles.
On Friday Sithole, a triple amputee, beat local player Dylan Alcott, winning 2-6 6-2 8-6 to advance to his second career Grand Slam final.
The last round robin match between top seed David Wagner (USA) and Andy Lathorne (GBR) was still to be played on Friday. Unbeaten Wagner will go to the finals as Lapthorne has still to win a singles match at the Open after losing to Sithole 4-6 2-6 and Alcott 4-6 7-5 6-8.
In September 2013 Lucas Sithole became the first African to win a US Open Grand Slam title after defeating Wagner.