24 Jun 2007

Ammerlaan, Griffioen and Wagner earn Czech titles


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Robin Ammerlaan (NED), Jiske Griffioen (NED) and David Wagner (USA) won the Men's Main, Women's and Quad Singles titles at the KPM Consult Czech Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, which came to a conlusion on Sunday in Prostejov.

Second seed Ammerlaaan regained a title he won three-times successively between 2003 and 2005, before being a semi-finalist last year. The World No 2 beat World No 1 Kunieda for the second time in three NEC Tour meetings this year as he came from a set down in the final to triumph 36 63 63.

Both players had been in dominant form in Saturday's semi-finals, Kunieda blasting past World No 3 Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) 61 60, while Ammerlaan prevented an all-Japanese final with a 62 63 defeat of fourth seed Satoshi Saida (JPN).

In another contest between the top two seeds Wagner eased past second seed and fellow American Nick Taylor (USA) 62 62 in the Quad Singles final.

However, the Women's Singles saw second seed Jiske Griffioen (NED) come back from the verge of defeat against World No 8 Mie Yaosa (JPN). Yaosa, who had already accounted for top seed and World No 2 Sharon Walraven (NED) in the semi-finals, edged a close first set against World No 3 Griffioen and then took the second set a tie-break. However, after snatching the tie-break Griffoen held on in the final set to secure a thriling 46 76(6) 63 victory.

Ammerlaan secured a second title of the week in the Men's Main Draw Doubles, partnered by countryman Ronald Vink. Top seeds Ammerlaan and Vink eased past French second seeds Jeremiasz and Stephane Houdet 62 62.

The competition for places in the Quad Doubles final proved exciting, with top seeds Wagner and Taylor edging out Italian duo Antonio Raffaele and Giuseppe Polidori in a champions tie-break 75 26 (10-6). The other semi-final also went to a champions tie-break as American duo Bryan Barten and Brent Poppen outpointed Dorrie Timmermans Van-Hall (NED) and Patrick Sappino (FRA) 62 26 (10-4), having accounted for second seeds Sarah Hunter (CAN) and David Jordan in straight sets in their opening match.

However, come the final Wagner and Taylor produced a slick performance to ease past Barten and Poppen 60 60.

The final of the Women's Doubles produced another deciding chamions tie-break as top seeds Griffioen and Florence Gravellier snatched a 64 36 (10-6) win over second seeds Beth Arnoult-Ritthaler (USA) and Maaike Smit (NED).

The world's top players now move on to another ITF 1 Series event, the BNP Paribas French Open, which gets underway on Tuesday in Antony, near Paris.










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