20 May 2007

Kunieda, Vergeer and Wagner scoop Japan Super Series glory


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Shingo Kunieda (JPN) retained his Men's Main Draw Singles title on Sunday at the Japan Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while Esther Vergeer (NED) won the Women's Singles for the second time and David Wagner (USA) won his first Japan Open Quad title.

Kunieda won the first Super Series title of his career in Iizuka City in 2006 and the World No 1 made it four Super Series titles in succession on Sunday. As perfect warm weather conditions replaced the rain storms of erlier in the week, Kunieda eased past first time Super Series finalist and seventh Stephane Houdet (FRA) 63 62 in front of a big local crowd and Japanese TV cameras. Houdet will now have to be content with reaching a new career world ranking.

Esther Vergeer (NED) won her first Japan Open title on her last visit to Fukuoka in 2004 and the World No 1 secured the Women's Sngles title in Iizuka for the second time in imperious fashion as she powered past compatriot and fourth seed Sharon Walraven (NED) 60 61 on Sunday.

The Quad Singles final saw top seed David Wagner (USA) win his first Japan Open title, the American repelling a strong first set challenge by second seed and another former runner-up Sarah Hunter (CAN) to eventually secure a 75 61 win that will renew Wagner's claims to a return to the top of the World Quad Singes ranking.

The second Super Series event of 2007 ended with some consolation for Jiske Griffioen (NED), the 2005 Women's Singles champion, who had made a surprise exit on the opening day of this year's tournament. Griffioen partnered Vergeer to victory in the Women's Doubles final, the top seeds edging out compatriots and second seeds Korie Homan and Maaike Smit 75 64 in an exciting climax to the 2007 Japan Open.

2007 Japan Open - Preview

Day 1 Report - Khanthasit and Dong upset seeds in Japan

Day 2 Report - Wang ousts another Women's seed in Japan

Day 3 Report - Dong and Khanthasit continue to star in Japan

Day 4 Report - Houdet and Scheffers reach Japan Open semi-finals

Day 5 Report - Houdet, Kunieda, Vergeer and Walraven reach Japan Open finals

Japan Open Official Website



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