14 Sep 2009

Kunieda, Vergeer and Norfolk win US Open New York

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Shingo, Kunieda (JPN) and Esther Verger (NED) showed just why they are the world No.1 players as they produced devastating performance to win the men's and women's singles wheelchair titles on Sunday at the US Open in New York, while Peter Norfolk (GBR) won his second quad title at Flushing Meadows after another three set tussle with world No. 1 David Wagner (USA).

Kunieda powers to US Open title

Kunieda won his second US Open title with consummate ease as he swept past world No. 3 Maikel Scheffers (NED) 60 60 in 49 minutes.

The proverbial writing was virtually on the wall for Scheffers when the Dutchman had his opening service game broken to love and in return Scheffers had only one break point on Kunieda's serve throughout the entire match, that coming in the fifth game.

However, after beating world No. 2 Stephane Houdet (FRA) and recording a career first win over Robin Ammerlaan (NED, Scheffers dreams of a first Grand Slam title soon disappeared as Kunieda wrapped up an remarkable victory to complete his set of three Grand Slam singles titles in 2009, having won more than twice the number of points as Scheffers during the final.

Vergeer wins fourth New York title

Before Kunieda could secure his double bagel against Scheffers, Esther Vergeer did exactly the same tow world No. 2 Korie Homan, beating her compatriot 60 60 for just the second time in their 42 NEC Tour csreer head-to-heads.

Vergeer broke Homan's serve to love in the third game and in an almost identical pattern to the first set between Kunieda and Scheffers, Homan had game points to reduce her first set deficit to 4-1. However, again her attempts were thwarted and Vergeer went on to convert the first of two set points.

Homan had just three break points on the Vergeer serve throughout the match, but Vergeer would have none of it and went on to wrap up her fourth US Open title in New York in just 41 minutes.

Norfolk beats Wagner in three to complete second quad victory

Peter Norfolk (GBR) once again closed the gap on David Wagner (USA) at the top of the world rankings as he won his second US Open title at Flushing Meadows in a rollercoaster of a match that swung one way and then the next.

Norfolk had his serve broken in the first game of the first set as Wagner established a 2-0 lead, but Norfolk came back to lead 3-2 and clinched his fourth came in succession to move a break ahead.

With Norfolk serving for the first set, Wagner had a break back point, but the American was unable to make use of it and Norfolk went on to convert his first set point.

Wagner earned the decisive breakthrough of the second, breaking the Norfolk serve to go 5-3 ahead and then served out comfortably to force a third and deciding set.

Norfolk struck at the start of the decider to break Wagner, but the American broke straight back to leave the match finely poised at 2-2 and then won his third game on the bounce to edge ahead. However, that was to be his last real success as Norfolk went 40-0 ahead in each of the next three games, breaking Wagner to love to move 5-3 ahead and within one game of the title. The Briton sealed a 63 36 63 victory on his first match point, adding to his title at Flushing Meadows in 2007, when he won the inaugural US Open quad singles event.

Quad doubles final inspires Venus

Vergeer and Homan won the women's doubles with a 62 62 victory over Daniela di Toro (AUS) and Florence Gravellier (FRA). Meanwhile, Stephane Houdet (FRA) and Stefan Olsson (SWE) also justified top seeding to win the men's doubles against Dutch second seeds Scheffers and Ronald Vink (NED) 64 46 64. The match was watched by a large crowd after many spectators visited the court following Roger Federer's semifinal.

Venus Williams was among the spectators for the quad doubles final, updating her Twitter feed about how inspired she was by the action as she watched just over a set a set of the contest between Nick Taylor (USA) and Wagner and Johan Andersson (SWE) and Norfolk. Paralympic champions Taylor and Wagner dropped a second set tiebreak to Andersson and Noirfolk, but evenutally came through 61 67(5) 63.

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