25 Jan 2008

Jeremiasz overcomes Ammerlaan at Australian Open


Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) set up a rematch of last year's Men's Singles final against Shingo Kunieda (JPN) on Friday at the Australian Wheelchair Tennis Open in Melbourne, the first Super Series event of the 2008 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

World No 4 Jeremiasz, the 2006 champion in Mebourne, dropped the opening set of his semifinal against 2002 champion and world No 2 Robin Ammerlaan (NED) courtesy of just one break of serve. Ammerlaan has reached three of the last six Australian Open finals, but it was the Frenchman who stepped up his game at the start of the second set and dropped just one more game in the match to seal a 46 61 60 victory and a place in his third consecutive Australian Open final.

In the other semifinal world No 1 and defending champion Kunieda was in commanding form to beat world No 3 Stephane Houdet (FRA) 60 63. Kunieda has now reached the final having dropped just six games in three matches.

World No 1 Esther Vergeer (NED) has dropped just five games in three matches en route to Saturday's Women's Singles final, after beating world No 4 Florence Gravellier (FRA) 61 61 in 53 minutes in Friday's semifinals.

Vergeer will now take on compatriot and world No 2 Korie Homan (NED) in her bid for a sixth Australian Open title. Homan put in a solid performance to defeat world No 4 Jiske Griffioen 62 63 in just over an hour to reach Saturday's final.

The only one of Friday's three doubles finals to go to three sets was in the Quad Doubles as top seeds David Wagner and Nick Taylor (USA) fought back from a set down to beat Peter Norfolk (GBR) and Sarah Hunter (CAN).

Norfolk and Hunter clinched the first of two set points to edge the opening set. However, having only been beaten once as a doubles partnership since January 2004, Wagner and Taylor set about retaining that record and raced through the second set without dropping a game to force a championship tiebreak. After establishing an early 3-1 lead in the tiebreak Wagner and Taylor maintained their momentum and went on to complete a 57 60 (10-3) victory.

In the Men's Doubles final Japanese top seeds Kunieda and Satoshi Saida won the last four games of the first set against Dutch second seeds Ammerlaan and Ronald Vink and then reeled off the last three games of the second set to clinch a 64 63 victory.

Meanwhhile, top seeds and defending champions Griffioen and Vergeer clinched the final three games of the first set in the all-Dutch Women's Doubles final to seize the initiative against Homan and Sharon Walraven. Griffioen and Vergeer then dropped just the second game of the second set as they sealed a 63 61 win.

Saturday's Australian Wheelchair Tennis Open Men's Singles, Women's Singles and Quad finals will all take place on Margaret Court Arena, one of the feature courts at Melbourne Park. The complete Order of Play for Saturday, 26th January can be accessed here.

Men's Singles Draw

Women's Singles Draw

Quad Singles Draw

Men's Doubles Draw

Women's Doubles Draw

Quad Doubles Draw