03 Feb 2007

Ammerlaan-Kunieda and Homan-Vergeer reach Sydney finals


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Top seed Robin Ammerlaan (NED) will face World No 1 Shingo Kunieda (JPN) in Sunday's Men's Main Draw Singles final at the NRMA Insurance Sydney International Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Ammerlaan ended the title defence of third seed Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) in a hotly contested semi-final on Saturday, the Dutchman just having the edge to record a 64 75 victory.

The other semi-final was not as close, with Kunieda staying on course to gain back-to-back titles in Australia with a comfortable 60 61 win over fourth seed Tadeusz Kruszelnicki (POL).

In the Women's Singles fifth seed Korie Homan (NED) maintained her good form this week to beat compatriot and fourth seed Jiske Griffioen (NED) 63 62 in the semi-finals. Homan, the last player to take a set of tennis off World No 1 Esther Vergeer (NED), will now face Vergeer in Sunday's final after the top seed ended the challenged of the unseed Mie Yaosa 60 60.

The Men's Main Draw Doubles title has been won by top seeds Jeremiasz and Kunieda. Jeremiasz and Kuneida defeated last week's Australia Wheelchair Tennis Open runners-up and third seeds Ronald Vink and Maikel Scheffers (NED) 63 62.

In the Women's Doubles final top seeds Griffioen and Vergeer successfully retained their title with a comfortable 62 60 win over Florence Gravellier (FRA) and Homan.

In the Quad Singles Harry Boniface Prabhu (IND) will face Adrian Dieleman (CAN) in Sunday's final. Prabu won all four of his round robin matches in the five-way competition to finish top of the pool, while with just a 16 36 loss to Prabhu in the round robin, Dieleman finished as runner-up in the pool to earn his place in the final.

In another round robin competition Aniek Van Koot (NED) secured victory in the Junior Singles. Van Koot and Dylan Alcott (AUS) were both unbeaten after their first two round robin matches, having each defeated Australians Henry de Cure and Jacob Ray respectively in straight sets. However, in the final decisive round robin match Van Koot secured a 61 63 victory over Alcott to land the spoils.

> Homan and Yaosa reach semifinals
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