Photo: Hannie VerhoevenGordon Reid (GBR) and Maikel Scheffers (NED)
Gordon Reid and Maikel Scheffers won the doubles title on Friday’s penultimate day of the 6th ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, while world No. 1 Shingo Kunieda and world No. 2 Stephane Houdet reached Saturday’s singles final in Rotterdam.
Second seeds Reid and Scheffers took a commanding 5-1 lead in the first set of the doubles final against top seeds Houdet and Ronald Vink and although Houdet and Vink retrieved one of the breaks, Reid served out the set to love.
The second set began much the same as the first, with Reid and Scheffers largely dominating the exchanges as they build a 5-0 lead, but Reid was unable to serve out the match and a double fault gave Houdet and Vink the sixth game. However, Reid and Scheffers soon regained control to seal a 63 61 victory as the Sydney International and Melbourne Open champions clinched their third title of the season. They were also runners-up at the Australian Open.
Reid remains unbeaten in the doubles in Rotterdam after winning the 2013 title with Houdet.
The fourth day of the ITF 1 Series tournament began with Kunieda taking a 3-0 lead in the first set of his singles semifinal against Belgium’s Joachim Gerard.
Gerard fought back valiantly to get to within a game of his Japanese opponent at 5-4, but then double-faulted to give Kunieda a set point. Gerard made amends with an ace on the very next point and went on to level the set at 5-5, but as the world No. 4 served to try and force a tiebreak, top seed Kunieda earned another set point and converted the opportunity with a crisp cross court forehand.
Thereafter Kunieda opened up another commanding advantage in the second set and this time Gerard was unable to get back on terms as defending champion Kunieda completed a 75 62 win.
In the other semifinal Houdet dropped just the second game of the opening set against world No. 3 Reid. The Briton revived his hopes of repeating his win over Houdet in the 2013 quarterfinals in Rotterdam after building on a 3-1 lead to take the second set and the two players exchanged games throughout the decider before the match was decided in a final set tiebreak.
Reid came from 5-2 down in the tiebreak to win four points in a row and earn the first match point. However, Houdet completed a 61 36 76(6) win as he won the final three points to earn his place in the singles final in Rotterdam for the fifth time in six years, having won the title in 2010 and finishing runner-up in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
Saturday’s final between Kunieda and Houdet begins at 12 noon local Rotterdam time.
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