03 Jul 2007

Houdet beats world No. 1 to net BNP Paribas French Open Title

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Stephane Houdet beat Shingo Kunieda to win his first French Open to the delight of the home crowd.

Houdet (FRA) secured a place in the final by beating Jon Rydberg (USA) in the semifinal 63 60 and Martin Legner (AUT), world No. 9, in the quarter final. Kunieda (JPN) eased past his other opponents before coming up against stiff competition from Houdet in the final. The match came to a nail-biting climax with Houdet edging out Kunieda in the third set tie break (75 16 76(2)).

The women's final saw fellow French competitor, Florence Gravellier, fall at the last hurdle against world No. 1 and seven time World Champion Esther Vergeer (NED) with a result of 62 61.

Meanwhile, the shock result of the Quad draw came from Dorrie Timmermans who spectacularly beat world No. 3 Nick Taylor in the first round 63 64.

All results from the BNP Paribas French Open are available from the Official Tournament Website.