Lexus British Open 2023: Diede De Groot lifts fourth career title in Nottingham
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World No.1 Diede De Groot clinched her fourth career Lexus British Open Wheelchair Championships title with a straight sets win over Zhenzhen Zhu.
The Dutch star added to her trophies from 2018, 2019 and 2021 after defeating world No.6 6-1, 6-0. The top seed lifted the title having lost just six games in Nottingham.
The 26-year-old has now won 80 career singles titles, with 11 coming this year alone. Her latest victory at the Lexus Nottingham Tennis Centre has extended her unbeaten run to 114 matches, dating back to the Australian Open in 2021.
"It's been a very nice week, I always love playing here," said De Groot. "Personally, I don't really look at the numbers so much, I just enjoy playing and improving. I think this week showed everyone and myself that I'm on the right path.
"There's a few more weeks until the US Open, so I can still improve a bit but I want to enjoy the summer and have a bit of a rest."
She leaves Nottingham with both titles on offer to her this year – having joined forces with Jiske Griffioen to win the doubles trophy yesterday with a victory over Lucy Shuker and Dana Matthewson in the final.
De Groot came strong out of the blocks with three breaks of serve in the opening set, sealing the third with a punishing backhand return on set point.
Her dominance continued into the second set and despite Zhu pushing the Dutch star in a series of close deuce games in the opening games, De Groot took six consecutive games to close out the victory in an hour and 12 minutes.