Photo: William GreinerMichael Jeremiasz (FRA)
Michael Jeremiasz of France, Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands and Jamie Burdekin of Greeat Britain won the men’s, women’s and quad singles titles at the Melbourne Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, on Wednesday, with Jeremiasz winning a dramatic men’s final against Dutch second seed Ronald Vink to maintain his unbeaten sequence for the season.
Former world No. 1 Jeremiasz, who is world ranked No. 12 this week after his Adelaide Open victory last week, secured a hat-trick of ITF 2 Series titles in Australia after he turned around his fortunes after a largely one-sided opening went to Dutch world No. 4 Vink.
Vink had a series of match points in a thrilling final set tie-break, but Jeremiasz just managed to hold on to stretch his unbeaten 2012 record to 12 matches after sealing a 16 62 76(7) victory.
With Vink having sustained an injury during the singles final, he and fellow Dutchman Tom Egberink withdrew from the men’s doubles final, handing victory to Britain’s Marc McCarroll and Gordon Reid.
The women’s singles finial could not have been won in more different circumstances as world No. 1 Vergeer powered to a 60 60 victory over fellow Dutchwoman and world No. 2 Aniek van Koot. Vergeer ended her first tournament of 2012 having dropped just one game in four matches to stretch her own winning streak to 438 matches.
There was British success again in the women’s doubles as third seeds and Adelaide Open champions Louise Hunt and Jordanne Whiley clinched back-to-back titles after a 62 36 (10-6) win over Japanese top seeds Yui Kamiji and Yuko Okabe.
World No. 6 and top seed Jamie Burdekin completed a victorious start to his 2012 season after he won the points that mattered to beat South Africa’s Lucas Sithole 63 64.
Japan’s Mitsuteru Moroishi and Shota Kawano completed the roll of honour of main draw champions after a dominant performance to beat second seed Greg Hasterok of USA and Marco Innocenti of Italy 61 60 in the quad doubles final.