19 Nov 2006

Ammerlaan and Vergeer net NEC Masters glory

News Article

Robin Ammerlaan and Esther Vergeer won the Men's and Women's titles on Sunday at the NEC Singles Masters in Amsterdam, sealing a Dutch double for the seventh time in the history of the prestigious end-of-year event on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

In a thrilling Men's final, current World No 1 Ammerlaan successfully defended his title as he edged out World No 2 and first-time Masters finalist Shingo Kunieda (JPN) 76(2) 76(5) to add to his previous victories in 1999, 2000, 2003 and again last year.

Either Ammerlaan or Kunieda will now become a new name on the list of year-end World No 1's in the Men's game.

Meanwhile, in the play-off for third and fourth places World No 3 Michael Jeremiasz (FRA), runner-up in the event for the past two years, defeated World No 4 Satoshi Saida (JPN) 63 63.

There was a familiar outcome in the Women's final as World No 1 Esther Vergeer (NED) powered to a remarkable ninth NEC Singles Masters title with a comprehensive 61 62 win over compatriot, World No 3 and 2003 runner-up Sharon Walraven.

Jiske Griffioen (NED) and Florence Gravellier (FRA), runners-up to Vergeer in each of the last two NEC Masters final, fought out third and fourth places, with World No 4 Griffioen, who has been involved in closely fought matches all week, getting the better of World No 2 Gravellier in another tight contest 63 75.

Between the Men's and Women's finals, reigning Paralympic champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner (USA) warmed up for the defence of their Quad title at the Doubles Mastes in the coming week by taking on ATP players Sven Groeneveld and Jaap Jongbloed in the now customary NEC Masters exhibition match.

2006 NEC Masters Tournament Website

Men's Singles - Final Results

Women's Singles - Final Results