08 Jul 2007

Dutch secure Wimbledon title

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Neither pair took a significant lead in the beginning first set but the Japanese then began to dominate and Shingo Kunieda (JPN) produced an impressive service game at 5-3 to secure the first set.

The Japanese continued to dominate in the second set, breaking Ammerlaan’s serve to create a 3-0 lead. However their opponents then began to fight back and won the next five consecutive games. Although the Japanese were not ready to give up and brought it back to 5-5 they were unable to prevent the Dutch from claiming the second set 7-5.

The Dutch took the first two games of the third set and although the following games were pushed to deuce a number of times, Ammerlaan and Vink managed to seize the advantage and keep their lead. With Kunieda serving at 2-5, the Japanese were able to save one match before a forehand winner down the tram lines by Ammerlaan secured their victory.

After their win, the Dutch players said that it was “something special” to win on the grass courts at the Wimbledon Championships.

The trophies were presented on court after the match by Peter Bretherton, a Member of the Championships Committee.

The third and fourth place play-off which was played earlier in the day saw Martin Legner (AUT) and Maikel Scheffers (NED) beat Tadeusz Kruszelnicki (POL) and Miroslav Brychta (CZE) 63 62.

For details of the semi-finals, click on the link below

> The first two seeds to face eachother in the Wimbledon final