17 Sep 2007

Ammerlaan, Vergeer and Norfolk net Atlanta Masters titles


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Robin Ammerlaan (NED), Esther Vergeer (NED) and Peter Norfolk (GBR) won some enthralling title deciders to win the Men's Singles, Women's Singles and Quad Singles on Sunday at the Atlanta Masters Series, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour in Georgia.

In his third Men's Singles final in four years in Georgia World No 2 Ammerlaan lifted his first Atlanta Masters title after edging World No 3 Stephane Houdet (FRA) 75 63 and moving 4:3 ahead of he Frenchman after their seven head-to-heads so far in 2007.

Defending champion and World No 1 Vergeer dropped a set of tennis to her third different opponent this year as compatriot Korie Homan clinched the first set of their Wome's Singles final. However, Vergeer's ability to up her level when it counts was much in evidence again as she went on to secure a 46 60 63 victory for her third successive Atlanta Masters title.

A thrilling round robin decider in the Quad Singles saw Peter Norfolk (GBR) recover from match point down against three-time Altanta Masters champion David Wagner (USA). Current World No 1 Wagner, who beat Norfolk in two tie-break sets in the 2004 title decider and in three sets in 2006, was 63 53 and 40-30 up against Norfolk in Sunday's decisive match before the World No 2 fought back to clinch his first Atlanta Masters title with a remarkable 26 75 75 victory. It is Norfolk's second successive title and his third win over Wagner in 10 days after returning to action at the US Open at Flushing Meadows following four months out with injury.

World No 4 Sarah Hunter (CAN) picked up the third place prize money in the Quad Singles after defeating World No 3 Nick Taylor (USA) 76 64.

The Men's Main Draw Doubles title went to Japanese top seeds Shingo Kunieda and Satoshi Saida, who beat Frederic Cattaneo (FRA) and Houdet 61 64.

Meanwhile, Jiske Griffioen and Vergeer secured a successful defence of their Women's Doubles title after 64 60 win over Homan and Maaike Smit in an all-Dutch round robin decider.



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