08 Apr 2012

Wagner edges into Florida Open final

Match Report

Photo: Susan Harris, Tennis AustraliaDavid Wagner (USA)

World No. 2 David Wagner saved four match points en route to reaching Sunday's quad singles final at the Florida Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Boca Raton, and will now face world No. 1 Peter Norfolk at the second Super Series tournament of 2012.

The world's top two ranked players will also go head-to-head in the men's main draw singles final, while world No. 4 Marjolein Buis will play defending champion and top seed Esther Vergeer in an all-Dutch women's singles final.

Wagner avenged his second round loss to Israel's world No. 3 Noam Gershony at the 2011 Florida Open, despite making a slow start and facing possible defeat in the second set of their semifinal, and eventually gained a thrilling 16 75 63 victory.

Norfolk also put in a below par first set performance in his semifinal against fellow and world No. 4 Andrew Lapthorne, but recovered to etch out a 06 64 64 victory that keeps him on course in his bid for a seventh Florida Open title.

Norfolk and Wagner will also meet in the quad doubles final.

Top seeds Nick Taylor and Wagner eased past their fellow American Bryan Barten and his South African partner Lucas Sithole 61 61 in their doubles semifinal.

Meanwhile, there were three Britons in the other semifinal as Lapthorne and Norfolk overcame Jamie Burdekin and Gershony 62 61. 

Scheffers to meet Houdet in men's singles final after French duo win doubles title

World No. 1 Maikel Scheffers had a tough time in the men's singles semifinals, but dominated two tiebreaks to beat fellow Dutchman and third seed Ronald Vink 76(2) 76(2).

Scheffers will play world No. 2 Stephane Houdet in the final after Houdet won his all-French semifinal against world No. 5 Nicolas Peifer 63 62.

Later on the penultimate day of play the first title to be decided at the 2012 Florida Open went to Houdet and Peifer. The second seeds dominated the opening set of the men's doubles final against fourth seeds Tom Egberink and Scheffers before wrapping up a 60 64 victory over the Dutch duo.

Buis to face Vergeer in women's singles final before all-Dutch women's doubles final

After beating Dutch world No. 2 Aniek van Koot in the women's singles quarterfinals, world No. 7 Annick Sevenans of Belgium was unable to produce another upset in the semifinals, despite another fine effort.

Sevenans bowed out against world No. 4 Marjolein Buis, who edged her way to a 76(4) 64 victory to set up a final against her doubles partner Esther Vergeer.

Vergeer, the defending champion, who has already won eight Florida Open women's singles titles, remained on course for another title with comfortable 62 60 victory over world No.3 Jiske Griffioen.

After all-Dutch women's singles semifinals and final, the women's doubles final will also be an all-Dutch affair.

Top seeds Buis and Vergeer defeated British third seeds Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley 61 63 in the semifinals, while second seeds Griffioen and van Koot wasted little time in defeating fourth seeds Sabine Ellerbrock and Katharina Kruger of Germany 60 60.

After their victory at last week's Pensacola Open, Griffioen and van Koot will now aim for back-to-back titles.