“It always means a lot to compete at the Australian Open. And to be able to win a Grand Slam together, together with Diede, we are going to play more doubles together this year,” said Van Koot, inspired by her partner’s exploits earlier on Saturday. “It's terrific to win it and to end it on a winning streak.
“Obviously Diede won her singles today, but I was, like, ‘Oh, I really want to play well, as well’. Obviously she was already on a high. I wanted to join her in that feeling.”
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Crowds packed out the stands at Melbourne Park, and Van Koot feels the locals really embrace wheelchair tennis.
“The Australian Open is one of my favourites, the people really like wheelchair tennis, they want us to do well, to be given the same opportunities,” stated the 28-year-old. “Even though it is around 30 hours travel from home, we really feel at home here.”