Jan 28, 2023 at 08:16 Update: 2 minutes ago
Wheelchair tennis player Diede de Groot won the Australian Open for the fifth time in her career on Saturday. The Dutch was too strong for the second placed Japanese Yui Kamiji in an exciting final.
Surprisingly enough, 26-year-old De Groot did not take a single game in the first set, but then put things in order in the Margaret Court Arena. It became 0-6, 6-2 and 6-2 for the born Woerdense.
In her three matches for the final, De Groot had lost only six games. Beforehand she was already the top favorite for the overall victory. The reigning Olympic champion also won the Australian Open in singles in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022.
Due to her new success in Melbourne, De Groot is again going for a so-called Calendar Grand Slam: winning all four Grand Slam tournaments in one year. She also succeeded in 2021 and 2022.
De Groot currently has seventeen Grand Slam singles titles. She has also won the US Open five times. In addition, De Groot won Wimbledon four times and has three Roland Garros titles on her honors list.
De Groot already secured the title in doubles earlier this week. Together with Aniek van Koot she was too strong for Kamiji and the Chinese Zhu Zhenzhen in the final.
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