08 Sep 2006


NEWS ARTICLE

Top seed Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) saved three match points before defeating Shingo Kunieda (JPN) in Friday's Men's Singles semi-final at the US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, at Flushing Meadows.

Kunieda made the initial breakthrough in the enticing head-to-head and after missing several chances to go 20 up in a tight first set the Japanese World No 4 broke serve in the ninth game to give himself the chance of serving for the set, subnsequently converting his second set point.

In the second set Jeremiasz won a titanic sixth game to move a break ahead, but Kunieda hit back to take the next three games and give himself the chance of serving for the match. A tense tenth game of the set produced a string of deuces as Kunieda had match points on three separate occasions, but Jeremiasz battled to keep himself in the match and eventually forced a tie-break, which he won 73.

In the decider Jeremiasz asserted himself from the outset, establishing a 30 lead before Kunieda managed to get a game on the board. However, the Frenchman remained in control and eventually sealed a 46 76(3) 61 victory.

In the other Men's Singles semi-final defending champion and second seed Robin Ammerlaan (NED) eased into a 51 lead against compatriot Ronald Vink before comfortably taking the first set. Vink had the slight edge for much of the second set, but Ammerlaan turned the tables to earn 54 lead before breaking serve with the first of two match points to finalise a 62 64 triumph that keeps his title defence in tact.

The most intriguing of the all-Dutch Women's Singles semi-finals saw last year's runners-up Korie Homan make the first breakthrough against World No 3 Sharon Walraven to take a 42 lead. However, Walraven soon erased the deficit and went on to force a tie-break, which the older of the two Dutchwomen won 71.

The second set followed a near mirror image of the first, but this time it was Walraven who established a single break cushion to move 42 ahead. However, Homan hit back to take next five of the next six games to snatch the set and level the match.

Nevertheless Walraven steadied herself to take a commanding 50 lead in the decider and despite faltering temporarily when serving for the match she broke Homan in the very next game to complete a 76(1) 57 61 victory.

Walraven will now play defending champion Esther Vergeer in the final. World No 1 Vergeer raced to a 50 lead against compatriot Maaike Smit in the other semi-final before securing the opening set. Although the second set was more evenly balanced at the start Vergeer again seized the initiative to move 31 ahead and then never looked back as she eased to 61 62 victory.

The semi-finals of the Men's Doubles almost began with a huge upset as the all-Dutch partnership of Maikel Scheffers and Vink came within one game of defeating top seeds Ammerlaan and Jeremiasz. However, after being 36 35 down Ammerlaan and Jeremiasz recovered to breeze through the deciding set to record a 36 75 61 vicctory.

Ammerlaan and Jeremiasz will now play second seeds Tadeusz Kruszelnicki (POL) and Kunieda, who eased through their semi-final against American duo Larry Quintero and Jon Rydberg 62 62.

In the semi-finals of the Women's Singles top seeds Jiske Griffioen and Vergeer also recorded a 62 62 win over American duo Beth Arnoult-Ritthaler and Kaitlyn Verfuerth. Griffioen and Vergeer will now play Homan and Smit, who came from behind to upset second seeds Florence Gravellier (FRA) and Walraven 57 62 64 in the other semi-final.

The latest drawsheets can be accessed on the Official US Open Website via the links below.

Men's Singles.

Women's Singles.

Men's Doubles.

Women's Doubles.

Saturday will see the finals of the Men's and Women's Doubles, with both matches scheduled to take place on Court 7.

Saturday's complete Order of Play can accessed here.

Live scores for all matches will be available on the Official US Open Website once play commences.



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