07 Feb 2009

Homan and Taylor win Sydney titles


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Korie Homan (NED) won her first Sydney International Open women's singles title on Saturday, with Nick Taylor (USA) staying ahead of Johan Andersson (SWE) in the world rankings after beating the Swede in the quad singles decider.

Meanwhile, the world's top two players will contest Sunday's men's main draw singles final, with Robin Ammerlaan (NED) and Shingo Kunieda (JPN) going head-to-head after pairing up on Saturday to clinch the men's main draw doubles title.

World No.2 Homan was in dominant form in the women's singles final, beating her compatriot and world No.3 Jiske Griffioen 61 61. Having dropped the middle set of her opening quarterfinal match against Daniela di Toro (AUS), Homan dropped a total of just three games in her semifinal and final at the first ITF 1 Series event of the 2009 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Also in commanding form was men's world No.1 Shingo Kunieda (JPN). Kunieda is also chasing his first Sydney International title and has reached the final having dropped just five games in three matches. The top seed sped past world No.3 Stephane Houdet (FRA) in Saturday's semifinals and has set up a rematch of last year's unfinished final against world No.2 Robin Ammerlaan (NED).

Ammerlaan's passage in to the final was nowhere near as comfortable and he had to fend off a strong challenge from fourth seed Stefan Olsson (SWE) before coming through his semifinal 76 64.

Ammerlaan and Kunieda will hope there is no repeat of the heavy rain that resulted in the abandonment of the 2008 final in Sydney.

Nick Taylor (USA) cemented his world No.3 ranking for the time being with victory over world. No 4 Johan Andersson (SWE) in the deciding match in the quad singles. With Andersson and Taylor both undefeated after the first two of their three round-robin matches, it was the American who got the upper hand and extended his advantage in NEC Tour head-to-heads against Andersson to 4-1.

Meanwhile, the men's main draw doubles final ended in victory for Ammerlaan and Kunieda, who combined to secure a 64 61 victory over second seeds Martin Legner (AUT) and Ronald Vink (NED).

To view the latest drawsheets and the order of play for the final day of play on Sunday, 8 February, please click on the links to the PDF files below.



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