15 Jan 2013

Kunieda, Griffioen lift Sydney Super Series titles

Match Report

Photo: Philippe BuissinShingo Kunieda (JPN)

Shingo Kunieda of Japan won the 20th Super Series title of his career on Tuesday when he beat Dutch third seed Maikel Scheffers 76(2) 62 in the men’s singles final at the Sydney International Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Stephane Houdet of France and Ronald Vink of the Netherlands won the men’s doubles title, while Dutchwoman Aniek van Koot and compatriot Jiske Griffioen combined to win the women’s doubles title as the top seeds claimed their third Super Series title together.

World No. 2 Kunieda held off a strong challenge from Scheffers in the opening set but proved much stronger in the second set as he started his 2013 in style. The Japanese player is looking for a return to the world no. 1 ranking position which is currently held by Stephane Houdet of France, who was beaten in the Sydney semifinals by Scheffers.

Houdet ended his tournament on a winning note after partnering Vink to victory in the men’s doubles event in only their second tournament together.

After a semifinal loss in the men’s doubles at the 2007 US Open in New York, their only previous match as a partnership, top seeds Houdet and Vink held on to beat second seeds Michael Jeremiasz of France and Kunieda 64 67(1) 63.

Griffioen/van Koot win doubles as Griffioen lifts brace of titles

In the women’s doubles final reigning Doubles Masters champions Griffioen and van Koot dominated from the outset against Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands and Lucy Shuker of Great Britain, who were playing their first tournament together. Griffioen and van Koot, also the reigning Wimbledon champions, eased to a 61 60 victory.

World No. 4 Griffioen also defeated van Koot 61 60 in the women’s singles final on Monday to claim the third Super Series singles title of her career after two Japan Open victories.