15 Jul 2012

Kunieda, Vergeer, Wagner win Swiss Open titles

Match Report

Photo: Masaoki FukuiDavid Wagner (USA)

Shingo Kunieda of Japan, Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands and David Wagner of USA won the men’s, women’s and quad singles titles on the final day of the 2012 Swiss Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Geneva.

World No. 2 and defending champion Scheffers came from 4-3 down in the opening set to lead 6-5 and although Kunieda forced a tiebreak the Dutchman claimed it 7-2.

However, Kunieda raced into a 3-0 lead in the second set and dropped only the fourth game en route to levelling the match.

Scheffers stayed in touch with the Japanese world No. 4 in the first four games of the deciding set, but Kunieda went on to win the next four games to close out a 67(2) 61 62 victory and claim his second title of 2012 after winning last month’s BNP Paribas French Open.

Vergeer and Wagner clinch women's and quad titles

In the women’s singles final Vergeer won her eight Swiss Open title since 1999 and her first since 2006 as she put in an impressive performance against German world No. 4 Sabine Ellerbrock.

Vergeer won the first 11 games of the match before Ellerbrock managed to avoid a whitewash when claiming her one and only game, but the top seed went on to complete a 60 61 victory for her eight title of the season.

Wagner was the only one of the 2012 champions to defend a singles title after he made a sensational start to the quad singles final against Sweden’s world No. 8 Anders Hard to take the opening set without dropping a game.

Hard enjoyed mores success in the second set and the two players were level after the first ix games, but thereafter world No. 1 Wagner reeled off three games in a row to wrap up a 60 63 victory for his sixth Swiss Open title.  

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