20 Apr 2008

Kunieda, Vergeer and Wagner lift Pensacola Open titles

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Shingo Kunieda (JPN), Esther Vergeer (NED) and David Wagner (USA) won the Men's, Women's and Quad Main Draw Singles titles on Sunday at the 5th Pensacola Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as the ITF 1 Series event drew to an end.

World No 1 Kunieda became the fifth winner in as many years of the Men's Main Draw Singles as he produced a blistering performance to trounce world No 2 Robin Ammerlaan (NED) 63 60 in Sunday's final.

However, the Women's Main Draw Singles was won in very different circumstances as world No 1 Vergeer dropped her first set of the season to world No 2 Korie Homan (NED). Homan has now taken the first set of a match off Vergeer three times in the last two years, but is still waiting for her first win over her illustrious compatriot after Vergeer fought back to clinch a 57 63 61 victory on Sunday. The win gives Vergeer her second Pensacola Open title in three years and extends her unbeaten match record to 319 in all international competition.

While Kunieda became the fifth different winner of the Men's title and Vergeer became the first two-time winner of the Women's title in Pensacola, Wagner maintained his unbeaten record in the Quad Main Draw Singles. The world No 1 ranked Quad player clinched his fifth sttraight Pensacola Open title with a comprehensive 60 62 win over third seed Nick Taylor (USA).

The Men's Main Draw Doubles final saw top seeds Kunieda and Satoshi Saida edge out second seeds Ammerlaan and Ronald Vink 63 75.

Meanwhile, although Vergeer dropped a set in her singles final, there was never any danger of a repeat scenario in the Women's Main Draw Doubles final, as top seeds Jiske Griffioen and Vergeer eased to a 60 62 win over second seeds Homan and Sharon Walraven in the all-Dutch contest.

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Stephane Houdet (FRA), Men's World No 3, blogs from Pensacola