Photo: Steve WylieGordon Reid (GBR) and Stephane Houdet (FRA)
Top seeds Stephane Houdet and Gordon Reid and Yui Kamiji and Jordanne Whiley won the men’s and women’s titles on Monday’s final day of the ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters in Mission Viejo, California.
Frenchman Houdet and Great Britain’s Reid, who were on the opposite side of the net in the 2012 final, extended their unbeaten record as a doubles partnership to four tournaments when they beat the all-French fourth seeded partnership of Michael Jeremiasz and Nicolas Peifer 63 63 in the men’s doubles final.
Houdet and Reid broke the serve of both their opponents to take a 4-0 lead in the first set, but Jeremiasz and Pefier found more success In the second rotation of services games, with Reid being the only player whose serve wasn’t broken in the entire match. Reid held his serve for the second time to open up a 5-3 first set lead and Peifer dropped his serve in the next game after knocking a forehand into the net on set point.
Jeremiasz and Peifer earned an immediate break at the start of the second set, but Houdet, the world No. 1 ranked men’s doubles player, and Reid, the world No. 6 ranked doubles player, hit back to win the next five games and Houdet went on to serve out the match.
“It was a difficult week for me in singles and I wasn’t at the level I would have like to have been, so I’m just really happy to finish with the doubles title and to extend my unbeaten partnership with Stephane,” said Reid. “After getting so close last year it’s great to get the title and I’m looking forward to the 2014 season already and winning some more titles.”
Men's singles finalists Shingo Kunieda and Joachim Gerard finished third in the men's doubles after recovering for a 36 75 63 victory over Dutch second seeds and former champions Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink.
Kamiji adds doubles title to historic singles victory
Just a couple of hours after becoming the first non-Dutch player to win the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters women’s singles title in the event’s 20 year history, Kamiji joined Dutch players Esther Vergeer and Jiske Griffioen in also becoming a winner of both singles and doubles titles at the year-end championships in the same season.
Kamiji and Whiley found themselves 4-2 down against Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock and Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa midway through the first set of Monday’s final, but they put together a sequence of four games in succession to clinch the set.
After Kamiji and Whiley had taken a slender 2-1 lead in the second set Ellerbrock took a medical time out for treatment on her back. When the match resumed Ellerbrock dropped her serve straight away and Kamiji and Whiley never looked back as they established a 5-1 lead. Ellerbrock then sent an attempted overhead forehand in to the top of the net to give Kamiji and Whiley two match points and they duly wrapped up a 64 61 victory.
“I am very happy to win the singles and doubles today and I look forward to coming back to play here with Jordanne next year if she wants to play with me,” said Kamiji.
I love playing with Yui and it shows, given that we’ve won three of our four tournaments,” said Whiley. “We’re now going to play the Australian Open together and hopefully Roland Garros before going back to Wimbledon, so I hope next year will be another big one for us.”
Dutch second seeds Griffioen and Sharon Walraven finishd third in the women's doubles after beating Australian Open finalists and fourth seeds Marjolein Buis and Lucy Shuker.