Photo: Aldo MerloMarjolein Buis (NED)
Marjolein Buis ended the 12th Trofeo della Mole with both the women’s singles and doubles titles as the ITF 2 Series event on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour came to an end in Turin on Saturday with Dutch champions in both the men’s and women’s singles after Maikel Scheffers took the men’s title.
The day after partnering Britain’s Lucy Shuker to victory in the women’s doubles Buis faced Shuker in the women’s singles final, with world No. 10 Shuker going into the contest leading Buis 2-1 in head-to-heads earlier this season. However, it was the 26-year-old top seed who got the better of a first set tiebreak this time before racing through the second set to wrap up a 76(7) 60 victory.
“Trofeo Della Mole is one of my favourite tournaments. The organising team is fantastic. I haven't played here the past two years and I don't understand why, because the tournament is excellent and the organisers are great,” said Buis, who had previously been runner-up in Turin in 2011.
“The final wasn't a good match. Lucy and I both made too many unforced errors and not enough winners. It was a close first set and I couldn't finish the tiebreak on my first six set points. In the second set I tried to put a bit more pressure on the ball and that worked out well,” added the world No. 6, who wrapped victory on her first match point to claim her second singles title of 2014.
“Together Lucy and I played a solid doubles tournament. It's the first time we've paired up this year, but it felt familiar, like it had only been a few weeks. I'm very happy with the two titles I won this week.”
A week after Scheffers won the men’s singles title at the Austrian Open the world No. 6 was given a walkover ahead of the scheduled final in Turin after top seed Joachim Gerard of Belgium was forced to withdraw in due to injury.
Defending champion Gerard injured a hand at match point in the men’s doubles final on Friday as he and fellow Belgian Mike Denayer finished runners-up to Britain’s Alfie Hewett and Dutchman Ricky Molier.
World No. 5 Gerard will seek specialist advice on his return to Belgium with the hope of being able to return to the tennis courts ahead of the final Super Series and Grand Slam tournaments of the season in USA at the end of August and beginning of September.
Trofeo della Mole final draws