08 Apr 2012

Houdet, Vergeer, Wagner win in Florida

Match Report

Photo: Cecil WiseEsther Vergeer (NED)

World No. 2 Stephane Houdet (FRA) won the first Super Series title of his career at the Florida Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, which came to an end on Sunday. Esther Vergeer won her ninth women's title in Boca Raton while David Wagner regained the quad singles title.

Houdet defeated world No. 1 and defending champion Maikel Scheffers (NED) 61 63 in the men's singles final to complete a fantastic three week unbeaten period in USA, following up his ITF 1 Series titles at the Cajun Classic and the Pensacola Open.

The Frenchman's victory brought him his second Florida Open crown, after having won in 2009, when he also beat Scheffers in the final. It also avenged his loss to the Dutchman in the final at the 2011 Florida Open. 

Vergeer retained her Florida Open women's singles title with a 63 62 victory over world No. 4 Marjolein Buis (NED). Buis was still happy with her performance in the all-Dutch final as Vergeer extended her unbeaten sequence of singles matches to 452 matches.

Later in the day Buis and Vergeer paired up to win the women's doubles title in another all-Dutch contest. The top seeds defeated second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 64 75 after one hour and 15 minutes to deny Griffioen and van Koot a second doubles title in as many weeks.

In the quad singles American world No. 2 Wagner won the 12th Super Series title of his career as he secured his third Florida Open title with a comfortable 64 61 victory over world No. 1 Peter Norfolk to intensify his rivalry with the Briton at the top of the world rankings.

However, Norfolk gained some compensation in the quad doubles as he partnered his compatriot Andrew Lapthorne to their second Florida Open title.

Lapthorne and Norfolk, who beat Nick Taylor and David Wagner en route to winning their first title together at the 2009 Florida Open, defeated the American top seeds again in this year, recording a 63 61 victory that gave the British duo their second Super Series title.