10 Apr 2010

Andersson beats Norfolk on a day of upsets


NEWS ARTICLE

Fourth seed Johan Andersson (SWE) will go in search of his first Super Series title on Sunday at the Florida Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after he beat world No. 1 quad player Peter Norfolk (GBR) for the first time in his career during an enthralling penultimate day in Boca Raton on Saturday.

Andersson produced a career best performance and capitalised on a below-par effort from the top seed as he ended Norfolk's bid for a sixth Florida Open quad singles title with a 61 64 victory, earning his first win over the Briton in eight attempts. After reaching the final of the last Super Series of 2009, at the US Open in St Louis, Andersson now has another attempt at beating world No. 2 David Wagner (USA)

Andersson's victory over Norfolk gives Wagner the opportunity to try and close on Norfolk at the top of the world rankings after Wagner dominated compatriot Nick Taylor to win the other semifinal 60 60.

Later in the day Andersson gained a second victory over Norfolk when the Swede paired up with Sarah Hunter in the quad doubles final. The second seeds beat British third seeds and defending champions Andrew Lapthorne and Norfolk 64 63.

Olsson and Vink chase maiden Super Series title

Stefan Olsson made it a fine day for Swedish players as he and Dutchman Ronald Vink upset the odds in the men's main draw singles semifinals. Both players bid for their first Super Series crowns on Sunday after Olsson beat top seed and defending champion Stephane Houdet (FRA) for the fifth time in 12 head-to-heads on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

After his 64 62 victory over the world No. 2, world No. 4 Olsson will try to reduce the deficit in another career head-to-head record against Vink. Despite being lower ranked than the Swede, Vink has won nine of their 14 meetings to date and goes in to Sunday's contest in fine form after a 62 61 victory that gives him just his second win in 26 NEC Tour matches against his compatriot and world No. 3 Robin Ammerlaan.

Van Koot reaches first Super Series final

Aniek van Koot continued her highly impressive start to 2010 when she reached her first Super Series women's singles final after a first career win over fellow Dutchwoman and world No. 4 Sharon Walraven. Van Koot beat Walraven for the first time in 12 NEC Tour matches as she secured a 36 62 61 victory and will now bid to dethrone French top seed Florence Gravellier, another player she has yet to beat so far.

Gravellier is the only defending champion in any of Sunday's three main draw singles finals, a position she earned with a 62 63 victory over Dutch fourth seed Jiske Griffioen in her semifinal.

After their mixed fortunes in the women's singles semifinals, Gravellier and Walraven paired up to beat Dutch fourth seeds Marjolein Buis and Griffioen 75 63 in the women's doubles final.

Sunday's final day of the first of the first Super Series event of 2010 looks set to provide an exciting and intriguing climax to what has already been a highly dramatic week.

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