07 Jun 2007

Kunieda, Ammerlaan, Vergeer and Gravellier reach Roland Garros finals


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World No 1 Shingo Kunieda (JPN) will play World No 2 Robin Ammerlaan (NED) in Friday's Men's Singles final in the Roland Garros Masters Series wheelchair event, while Florence Gravellier (FRA) will attempt to give the home supporters a local winner as she takes on World No 1 Esther Vergeer (NED) in the Women's Singles final.

Kunieda proved dominant in his semi-final on Thursday against Martin Legner (AUT), and while Legner took his one and only break point opportunity Kunieda took exactly 50 minutes to wrap up a 61 62 victory.

The other semi-final, between World No 2 Ammerlaan and World No 3 Michael Jeremiasz (FRA), saw the Dutchman edge a closely fought first set before dominating the second to seal a 64 61 victory in one hour and one minute.

The Women's Singles semi-finals saw Vergeer record her 251st straight NEC Tour Singles win against Lucy Shuker (GBR). Shuker had clinched the biggest scalp of her career on Wednesday, defeating former World No 1 and current World No 6 Maaike Smit (NED) in straight sets, but the current World No 1 proved a different proposition on Thursday. Despite Shuker twice breaking the Dutchwoman's serve in the second set and the final game going to deuce, Vergeer won more than twice the number of points in the match to triumph 60 62 in just 37 minutes.

Vergeer will play World No 4 Gravellier in Friday's final after the Frenchwoman inched through a close semi-final against World No 2 Sharon Walraven (NED) 76(4) 64 in one hour and 23 minutes.

With one each of the Men's Doubles and Women's Doubles finals pairings decided on Wednesday, French second seeds Stephane Houdet and Jeremiasz booked their place in the Men's Doubles final on Thursday. Houdet and Jeremiasz squeezed past Tadeusz Kruszelnicki (POL) and Ben Weekes (AUS) 64 75.

The Men's Doubles final will be a French-Japanese contest, with Houdet and Jeremiasz set to take on top seeds and reigning Paralympic championd Kunieda and Satoshi Saida (JPN).

The remaining Women's Doubles semi-final saw two-time Paralympic champions and top seeds Vergeer and Smit ease past Young-Suk Hong (KOR) and Karin Suter-Erath (SUI) 64 62. Vergeer and Smit face second seeds Gravellier and Mie Yaosa (JPN) in the final.

Friday's two singles finals and both doubles finals will all take place on Court 7, with play scheduled to begin at 11.00 local time.

The full order of play for Friday, 8th June, can be found here.

Live scores for all finals will be available via the Official Roland Garros Website.

Men's Singles Draw

Women's Singles Draw

Men's Doubles Draw

Women's Doubles Draw



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