09 Sep 2007

Kunieda, Vergeer and Norfolk win New York titles


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Shingo Kunieda (JPN), Esther Vergeer (NED) and Peter Norfolk (GBR) won Sunday's Men's, Women's and Quad Singles finals respectively at the US Open New York Masters Series at Flushing Meadows.

An early break gave Kunieda a 31 lead in the first set of the Men's Singles final against Robin Ammerlaan (NED), who was bidding for his third successive title in New York, and Kunieda broke Ammerlaan's serve for a second time in the seventh game to move to within one game of taking the first set.

Serving for the set Kunieda earned himself two set points at 40-15, but Ammerlaan brought the game back to deuce and then earned a break point of his own. However, Kunieda not only saved the break point but went on to convert this third set point and move ahead.

The first four games of the second set went with serve, but Kunieda went 40-0 up in the fifth game to have three break points, and although Ammerlaan saved the first two Kunieda finally earned the break, which he then consolidated with a love service game.

After needing just the first of two break points in the seventh game of the second set Kunieda moved to within one game of victory and served out without losing a point to seal a superbly crafted 62 62 victory.

While Ammerlaan was unable to make it three New York title in a row in the Men's Singles, that is just what World No 1 Vergeer achieved in the Women's Singles.

The Dutch defending champion got the better of the early exchanges against World No 3 Florence Gravellier (FRA) to lead 31, but Gravellier broke back in the fifth game and then held serve to level at 33.

Two games later, after several deuces, Vergeer secured another break and converted the first of three set points on her own serve to firmly seize the initiative.

Thereafter the second game of the second set was to be Gravellier's only subsequent success and Vergeer again went on to clinch the first of three match points, sealing a 63 61 victory for her third singles title at Flusing Meadows.

The Quad Singles final was a rematch of Friday's round robin match between Peter Norfolk (GBR) and David Wagner (USA), which Norfolk won in three sets to inflict the first Quad Singles defeat of the season on World No 1 Wagner.

After Friday's three set win Sunday's final looked like it might bring Norfolk a quicker victory as he took a 51 first set lead, but Wagner gradually chipped away at the lead without Norfolk being able to secure any set points, until the match was levelled at 55.

After Wagner secured another break to move 65 ahead Norfolk finally managed to weather the storm and held his nerve in a tense 12th game, saving four set points before forcing a tie-break on his third break point.

Norfolk secured a mini break to go 21 up in the tie-break, but Wagner retrieved the break to level at 44. The Briton then clinched another mini-break to move 65 up and gain his first set point of the match before holding his nerve to see out the set.

After an edgy first set Norfolk secured the first break of the second set in the third game and then secured another break after the seventh game went to deuce.

Having seen his 51 lead disappear in the first set after twice serving for the opener Norfolk showed few signs of nerves as he calmly served for the match at 52 in the second set, moving 40-0 up and serving out on the first of his three match points to clinch the title 76(5) 62. The victory brought the perfect end to World No 2 Norfolk's first tournament after fourth months out with injury.

All Sunday's finals were played out in front of large crowds, while the Men's and Women's Singles finals were also filmed by TV station The Tennis Channel.

Singles Final Report - US Open Official Website

Men's Singles Draw

Women's Singles Draw

Quad Singles Round Robin Draw

Men's Doubles Draw

Women's Doubles Draw

Quad Doubles Draw

PREVIOUS US OPEN NEW YORK STORIES:

Day 1 Report - Rydberg upsets Kruszelnicki in New York

Day 2 Report - Norfolk ends Wagner's unbeaten run in New York

Day 3 Report - Norfolk and Wagner reach Quad final in New York



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