04 Feb 2007

Ammerlaan, Vergeer and Prabhu clinch Sydney titles


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Robin Ammerlaan (NED), Esther Vergeer (NED) and Harry Boniface Prabhu (IND) won Sunday's Main Draw Singles finals at the NRMA Insurance Sydney International Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Top seed Ammerlaan was only a semi-finalist in last week's Australian Wheelchair Tennis Open in Melbourne, losing his World No 1 ranking in the process to Shingo Kunieda (JPN), and the Japanese second seed looked to be getting the better of Ammerlaan in their first meeting of the year when he comfortably took the first set of Sunday's final in Sydney.

However, Ammerlaan regrouped and came back to dominate the latter stages of the match to seal a 26 63 61 victory.

In the Women's Singles final Vergeer came up against fifth seed Korie Homan (NED), the last player to take a set of tennis off Vergeer. However, there was never any danger of Vergeer dropping a set on Sunday as she successfully defended her Sydney Open title with a 62 62 win.

The closest Main Draw final of the day came in the Quad Singles as Prabhu took on Adrian Dieleman (CAN). The two players had finished in the top two positions in their five-way round robin competition earlier in the week, with Prabhu having finished the pool stage undefeated after a straight sets win over Dieleman. However, Sunday's final was a much closer contest, the Indian player eventually prevailing 62 67(8) 76(5).

Prior to the start of Sunday's finals Australian former Paralympic medallist Mick Connell led a clinic for nine juniors. The youngest player was eight years old and Connell was assisted by another young Australian player, Richard Engles.

> Ammerlaan, Kuneida, Homan and Vergeer reach finals
> Homan and Yaosa reach semifinals
> Shuker upstes Suter-Erath
> Yaosa beats Smit in Sydney Opener



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