21 Nov 2009

Ammerlaan ends Olsson's title defence


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Review the latest action and watch player interviews and highlights on the Official NEC Wheelchair Tennis Singles Masters website. The official website will carry live streaming of the men's and women's finals from approximately 12.30pm local Amsterdam time on Sunday, 22 November.

Robin Ammerlaan, Maikel Scheffers, Korie Homan and Esther Vergeer will contest two all-Dutch finals as the 2009 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Singles Masters looks forward to an exciting climax at the Frans Otten Stadium in Amsterdam on Sunday.

In a rematch of last year's final, six-time NEC Masters champion Robin Ammerlaan ended the men's singles title defence of Stefan Olsson (SWE), the youngest man to have ever won the title.

A repeat of last year's epic three set tussle never quite materialised as current world No. 5 Ammerlaan beat world No. 4 Olsson 63 62 to earn the chance to extend his record as the most successful NEC Masters player ever.

World No. 3 Maikel Scheffers goes in to Sunday's final as the highest ranked player after he survived a fright to end the impressive run of Satoshi Saida (JPN). After winning just one game in the opening set of his semifinal against Scheffers, Saida, the only player ranked outside the top 10 in this year's, sped through the second set for the loss of just one game, but with home country support behind him Scheffers managed to regroup to go on an clinch a 61 16 63 victory.

Homan and Vergeer set for another epic encounter

Both women's semifinals were won in remarkably similar fashion as Florence Gravellier (FRA) and Daniela di Toro (AUS) pushed Vergeer and Homan, the world's top two players, in the first sets of their respective contests.

In a repeat of the 2005 final, Gravellier and Vergeer met in the semifinals for the second successive year. With the French world No. 3 determined to avoid the 60 60 loss she endured last year she did even better than that and was only overhauled in the final two games of the first set. However, the second set proved to be all one-way traffic as Vergeer sealed a 75 60 victory to stay on course for what would be a 12th successive NEC Masters title.

Before Vergeer's dominance of the event began in 1998, di Toro was runner-up in the 1996 event in her only NEC Masters final to date. The world No. 5 made a bold attempt to try and reach her second Masters final as she stayed with world No. 2 Homan for much of the first set, but di Toro was only able to get one game on the board in the second set as Homan reached her third successive NEC Masters final against Vergeer after a 75 61 victory.

Houdet, Vink, Walraven and Griffioen win minor play-offs

After coming in to this year's NEC Masters as top seed, world No. 2 Stephane Houdet (FRA) ended his week on a winning note as he beat his younger compatriot Nicolas Peifer 62 63 to earn fifth place.

Meanwhile, Ronald Vink (NED) registered his first win of the week in front of his home crowd as he took seventh place following a 62 75 win over Martin Legner (AUT).

Former NEC Masters finalist Sharon Walraven (NED) also ended her 2009 campaign on a winning note, beating compatriot Aniek van Koot 63 75 in the play-off for fifth place in the women's event.

After finishing the pool phase of the competition tied on one win and two losses along with Walraven and di Toro, another former finalist, Jiske Griffioen, claimed seventh place this year after ending her week with a comfortable 61 62 win over NEC Masters debutante Katharina Kruger (GER).

To view all the latest results, please click here.

To view the final pool standings, please click here.

Order of Play - Sunday, 22 November

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