07 Oct 2017

Kamiji, de Groot into fifth final this season in Amiens


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Photo: Bernard Brad PacalinDiede de Groot (NED)

Yui Kamiji and Diede de Groot will meet in their fifth UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour women’s singles final of 2017 on Sunday after the world‘s top two ranked players earnt straight sets semifinal wins on the penultimate day of the ITF 1 Series Open d’Amiens Hauts-de-France.

Meanwhile, with honours even in their two matches so far this season, Stephane Houdet and Shingo Kunieda will meet for the 49th time in international competition when they go head-to-head in the men’s singles final.

The junior girls’ singles also comes to an end on Sunday’s last day of play and after Jef Vandorpe successfully retained the boys’ singles title, Nalani Buob is one match away from retaining the girls’ title.

World No. 1 Kamiji needed just 45 minutes to win her women’s semifinal against Michaela Spaanstra 61 60. World No. 2 de Groot looked to be in her way to a similarly straightforward victory in her all-Dutch semifinal against Marjolein Buis after opening up a set and 2-0 lead. However world No. 6 Buis dug seep to twice level the second set before De Groot finally closed out for a 61 75 victory in a little over an hour.

De Groot and Kamiji go into the women’s singles final having paired up to win the women’s doubles crown. The second seeds produced a polished performance to beat top seeds Buis and Aniek van Koot 62 63 in the final.

Houdet and Kunieda to meet in men’s singles final

With Kunieda having beaten Houdet at Roland Garros before Houdet won their US Open Super Series semifinal last month, the two former ITF World Champions both secured 60 61 quarterfinal wins en route to their latest match-up.

After establishing a 5-0 first set lead over second seed Joachim Gerard in the last four on Saturday, third seed Kunieda had to fend off a revival from Belgium’s reigning champion, eventually advancing to Sunday’s title decider 64 64.

The final will see Houdet face Japanese opposition for the second day in a row after the French world No. 2 needed just one minute more than an hour to wrap up his semifinal against Takashi Sanada 62 61.

Like Kamiji, Kunieda will go into the men’s singles final with the opportunity to add to doubles victory. Top seeds Kunieda and Sanada faced a determined challenge from Gerard and 16-year-old Vandorpe as the Belgian duo forced a deciding match tiebreak in Saturday’s final. However, Kunieda and Sanada dominated the closing stages to triumph 64 57 (10-1).

Vandorpe retains junior singles and doubles titles

Another memorable week in Amiens for Vandorpe drew to a close with the world No. 2 ranked junior retaining the boys’ singles title with ease.

Already with a 60 60 win over Brit Ruairi Logan in the first of his two round-robin matches, Vandorpe completed a resounding victory with another 60 60 win, this time against Niels Vink of Netherlands.

Vandorpe also partnered Switzerland’s Nalani Buob to win the junior doubles. The top seeds raced to a 60 63 win over Dutch second seeds Fleur Gobes and Vink.

Buob is now one match way from completing the junior singles and doubles double as she bids to retain her girls’ singles title. The 16-year-old beat Roos Schrdoer 61 61 in 46 minutes in her semifinal. She now faces another Dutch opponent in the final after second seed Gobes defeated her countrywoman Floor Van Stijn 60 61.



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