23 Jan 2012

Jeremiasz, Vergeer and Gershony win Sydney titles

Match Report

Photo: Susan Harris, Tennis AustraliaEsther Vergeer (NED) and Aniek van Koot (NED)

Michael Jeremiasz secured the third Super Series title of his career, and his first since 2005, when he beat world No. 1 Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands for the second time this year in Monday’s men’s singles final at the GIO Sydney International Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

World No. 1 Esther Vergeer eased to the women’s singles title, while reigning NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters champion and world No. 3 Noam Gershony of Israel won his first Super Series quad singles title.

Former world No. 1 Jeremiasz, who defeated Scheffers in three sets in the Dutchman’s first match of 2012 in the first round of the Melbourne Open, gained a straight sets victory this time, wrapping up a 64 63 win to earn his first Super Series title since the 2005 US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships.

Jeremiasz is now unbeaten in 17 straight matches in 2012 and is set to return to the world’s top 10 for the first time since April 2010 after a series of injury interruptions in recent seasons.

Esther Vergeer goes into this week’s Australian Open Wheelchair Championships having dropped just four games in the seven matches she’s played this season after she beat her compatriot and world No. 2 Aniek  van Koot 60 61 in the women’s singles final in Sydney.

Third seed Gershony, who was contesting his third Super Series final after finishing runner-up to Peter Norfolk at the Florida Open and runner-up to David Wagner at the Japan Open last season, ensured the best possible to 2012 when he edged out American world No. 1 Wagner 64 63.

Third seeds Robin Ammerlaan and Ronald Vink collected the men’s doubles title. The third seeds defeated French tops seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 62 63 in the semifinals and won the final against fourth seeds Jeremiasz and Stefan Olsson of Sweden by the same convincing score.

There was a third main draw title in the women’s doubles, although second seeds Marjolein Buis and Aniek van Koot far from had things all their own way in the final.

Canada’s Yuka Chokyu and Kanako Domori of Japan beat Japanese fourth seeds Yui Kamiji and Yuko Okabe in three sets in the quarterfinals and, after the withdrawal of top seeds Annick Sevenans and Sharon Walraven, Chokyu and Domori saw off the challenge of Chinese Taipei’s Chia-Yi Lu and Yi-Shan Wu in the semifinals 61 75.

Chokyu and Domori then provided stern resistance in the final, but Buis and van Koot eventually gained a hard won 61 46 64 victory.

After going head-to-head in the quad singles, Gershony and Wagner paired up to complete  victory in the quad doubles, the top seeds defeating the all-British second seeds Jamie Burdekin and Andrew Lapthorne 61 64.