01 Jul 2012

Kunieda, van Koot, Gershony win BNP Paribas French Open

Match Report

Photo: Gregory PicoutAniek van Koot (NED)

Shingo Kunieda of Japan took his career tally of men’s singles Super Series titles to 18 on Sunday when he won his third successive crown at the BNP Paribas French Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Antony, Paris.

Meanwhile, Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands also retained her women's singles title and Israel's Noam Gershony won the quad singles title for the first time. 

Fourth seed Kunieda, who dropped to No. 7 in this week’s world rankings due to his relative number of tournament success over the last 12 months due to injury, continued his bid to try and return to his previous heights in the sport when he dominated world No. 5 Stefan Olsson of Sweden for a 61 62 victory.

A year on from winning her first Super Series title in the French capital world No. 2 van Koot retained her women’s singles title in straight sets.

Van Koot had to come from a set down to beat her compatriot Marjolein Buis in the 2011 final, but with the same two Dutch players in this year’s title decider van Koot made a much better start and went on to secure a 63 62 victory.

A semifinalist in the quad singles in 2011, world No. 3 and second seed Gershony clinched his second Super Series title as he beat first-time Super Series finalist Jamie Burdekin of Great Britain 62 63.

Final BNP Paribas French Open Draws