30 Mar 2014

Reid, van Koot and Wagner clinch Pensacola titles

Match Report

Photo: William GreinerDavid Wagner (USA)

Gordon Reid, Aniek van Koot and David Wagner claimed the men’s, women’s and quad singles titles as three weeks of back-to-back ITF 2 Series and ITF 1 Series tournaments in the USA came to a close on Sunday at the Pensacola Open.

World No. 3 Reid clinched his second ITF1 Series title in as many weeks as the British top seed followed up his straight sets win over Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez in the Cajun Classic final by defeating the second seed 64 63, thereby ending Fernandez’s second straight bid at a title defence.

With Friday’s play in Pensacola completely lost to rain, the men’s doubles semifinals and final both had to be played on the last day of competition and Joachim Gerard of Belgium and Frenchmen Nicolas Peifer reached the final after upsetting Dutch top seeds Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink 63 26 (10-8) in the last four.

With Gerard partnering the same player who had knocked him out of the men’s singles in the quarterfinals, Gerard and Peifer then went on to clinch the title.

Van Koot turns the tables on Griffioen

The second straight all-Dutch ITF 1 Series women’s singles final between top seed Jiske Griffioen and second seed Aniek van Koot saw van Koot avenge her loss to world No. 3 Griffioen in the final of the Cajun Classic.

After a 63 75 defeat in Baton Rouge, world No. 4 van Koot claimed eight of the last nine games against Griffioen in Pensacola to make it one win apiece this season .Griffioen subsequently had to pull out of the women’s doubles final with a back injury, handing a second successive ITF 1 doubles title to South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane and Britain’s Jordanne Whiley.

Wagner earns his first straight sets win over Alcott

David Wagner made it two quad singles titles and two quad doubles titles in three weeks on home soil as the American world No. 1 claimed his first straight sets win over Australia’s Dylan Alcott in their four head-to-heads to date.

After coming from a set down to beat Alcott in the round-robin phase of January’s Australian Open and the final of the ITF 2 Series Desert Classic and the semifinals of the Cajun Classic earlier this month, Wagner bounced back from losing the Cajun Classic final to Jamie Burdekin to win a first set against world No. 7 Alcott for the first time.

The top seed and defending champion went on to complete a 64 63 victory for his seventh Pensacola Open title and three singles titles from four tournaments in 2014.

Wagner and fellow American Nick Taylor also retained their quad doubles title after the top seeds were given a walkover when Britain’s Antony Cotterill and USA’s Greg Hasterok had to withdraw from the final due to injury.