25 Mar 2012

Houdet, van Koot and Lapthorne win Cajun Classic titles

Match Report

Photo: Paul ZimmerAndrew Lapthorne (GBR)

Stephane Houdet of France and Great Britain’s Andrew Lapthorne won their first men’s main draw and quad singles titles respectively at the Cajun Classic, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, when the latest ITF 1 Series tournament drew to a close on Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Meanwhile, Dutchwoman Aniek van Koot won her third women’s singles title in Baton Rouge, regaining the crown after back-to-back victories in 2009 and 2010.

World No. 2 Houdet went into the men’s singles final having fought out two three set matches against Dutch world No. 5 Ronald Vink already this season, both having players having gained on victory apiece. But despite Vink having the distinction of being the first player to beat world No. 8 Michael Jeremiasz this season after his victory in Saturday’s semifinals, the Dutchman was unable to produce his best against an in-form Houdet, who went on to clinch victory 63 61.

Van Koot regains women’s title

In the all-Dutch women’s singles final world No. 2 van Koot made a solid start as she claimed the opening set, before the first six games of the second set went against serve, despite van Koot having the chance to open up a 4-2 lead.

However, it was world No. 3 Jiske Griffioen who gained the first breakthrough of the set as she held serve to take a slender 4-3 lead. But, in only her first tournament of 2012 Griffioen found it difficult to maintain her form and what was arguably the rally of the match ended with Griffioen putting an attempt at a reverse smash into the net to bring up three match points for van Koot.

Griffioen then played the last stroke of the match, netting a forehand as top seed van Koot completed a sequence of four successive games to close out a 63 75 victory and clinch the eighth ITF 1 Series title of her career.

Lapthorne defeats Wagner in quad singles final

There was an upset in the quad singles final as Lapthorne secured just his second career win over American world No. 2 David Wagner. Having started the week with a tough three set match against Sweden’s world No. 7 Anders Hard, world No. 4 Lapthorne produced the best performance of his nine career head-to-heads against Wagner to seal his fourth ITF1 Series title after a 62 62 victory.

After Houdet’s singles victory there was more French success in the men’s main draw doubles final as second seeds Jeremiasz and Nicolas Peifer defeated Dutch top seeds Robin Ammerlaan and Vink.

Jeremiasz gained some compensation after losing his unbeaten status for the season and Peifer also gained some recompense for seeing his singles title defence end in the semifinals as the French duo combined to beat Ammerlaan and Vink 64 63.

Van Koot added the women’s doubles title to her singles crown after partnering Griffioen to a 62 60 victory over British fourth seeds Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley. Meanwhile, top seeds and defending champions Nick Taylor and Wagner kept the quad doubles title in the USA after defeating Britons Jamie Burdekin and Lapthorne 62 63 in the final.