07 Feb 2010

Ammerlaan, Griffioen, Taylor clinch Sydney titles


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Robin Ammerlaan and Jiske Griffioen secured a Dutch double in Sunday's men's main draw and women's singles finals at the Sydney International, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while American Nick Taylor made a remarkable recovery in the quad singles final.

Third seed Ammerlaan went one better than last year in Sydney as he came from a set down to beat his fellow Dutchman and sixth seed Ronald Vink 57 62 62 in the men's main draw singles final.

Fourth seed Griffioen also improved on her runners-up position in 2009 as she won her third title of the season when edging out second seed Daniela di Toro (AUS) 76 76. Griffioen's victory was her second of the year in a final against di Toro.

In the quad singles final, world No 4 Taylor went 5-2 down to British third seed Andrew Lapthorne, but five games in a row gave the American the first set before he went on to secure a 75 63 victory, retaining the Sydney International title he won in a round-robin event in 2009.

Florence Gravellier (FRA) and Aniek van Koot (NED) clinched their second women's doubles title in successive weeks, the Australian Open champions beating Melbourne runners-up di Toro and Lucy Shuker (GBR) 61 64. Meanwhile, Taylor added his second title of the week when pairing up with Johan Andersson (SWE) to beat Lapthorne and his fellow Briton John Parfitt 62 63 in the quad doubles final.

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