01/03/2024

Sam Schroder and Niels Vink claimed their first title together at a major backing up their Paralympics win last month Photo: US Open

Sam Schroder and Niels Vink have built on their momentum at the Paralympics to claim their first title together at a Grand Slam at the US Open overnight.

Sam Schroder and Niels Vink have done what some considered impossible twice this September, defeating the Australian combination of Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson in the Quad Wheelchair Doubles Final 3-6, 2-6.

It’s Schroder’s second Grand Slam Doubles title after beating Alcott and David Wagner at the French Open alongside Andy Lapthorne in 2020, and Vink’s first at the second Grand Slam of his young career.

It was a big day for Alcott and Vink who both started their days with a semi-final win in the singles to book a spot in the Singles Final.

Photo: US Open

The Aussies pressed early, almost breaking in the first game but were unable to convert, however they dominated their first service game.

By the third game, the Dutch pairing was unable to hold off Alcott and Davidson much longer, losing the break on the third break point opportunity.

Schroder and Vink managed to break back immediately only needing two chances to take the break before winning another tight service game.

They didn’t stop there winning the next two games breaking the Australians for a second time. Despite another break point opportunity, the Dutch weren’t able to win five consecutive games with the Australians winning one of the longest games of the set.

But Schroder and Vink were able to swiftly wrap up the set in their next service game, closing out the set 40-0.

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Alcott and Davidson started the second set with a hold of serve but fell behind once again all too soon with the Dutch pair convincingly winning their next game and following it up with a 40-0 break of serve.

While that Australians managed to break back it wasn’t enough to shift the momentum as Schroder and Vink broke again in another 40-0 game before holding serve in the following game.

The next break of serve didn’t come quite as easily with Alcott and Davidson fighting to stay in the match, the Aussies defended two break points but couldn’t hold off the youngsters who took the break on their third break point opportunity.

It was Schroder that had the task to serve for the match, the Australians managed to get two break point opportunities but failed to convert due to errors, it wasn’t quite as smooth as the dutch pair winning back to back points with the game going to deuce twice but a return of serve from Alcott went long sealing the title for Schroder and Vink.

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Vink and Alcott will play tomorrow in the Quad Wheelchair singles final as Alcott attempts to complete the Golden Slam, whilst Vink chases his first Grand Slam title.

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