01 Oct 2006

Kunieda, Vergeer and Wagner triumph in Atlanta

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Shingo Kunieda (JPN), Esther Vergeer (NED) and David Wagner (USA) are the 2006 champions at the Life University Masters, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, following Sunday's final day in Atlanta.

Fourth seed Kunieda claimed only his second ever career win over World No 2 Robin Ammerlaan (NED) in Sunday's Men's Singles final. Kunieda, who beat Ammerlaan for the first time earlier this year on clay at the Czech Open, came frome behind in Atlanta to prevail in three close sets 36 64 75.

Vergeer successfully defended her Women's Singles title, but Sunday's final againt fellow Dutch player Korie Homan proved among the most difficult of the World No 1's recent contests. However, Vergeer won all the important points to seal a 63 64 win.

Wagner claimed his second win of the year over World No 1 Peter Norfolk (GBR) in the final set of round robin matches in the Quad Singles. Both Norfolk and Wagner were undefeated in their previous two matches this week to set up a decisive rematch of their final in Atlanta in 2004, when Wagner won in two tie-break sets. However, Norfolk struck first on Sunday to go one set up before Wagner hit back to seal a 46 62 62 win and a hat-trick of Quad Singles title at the ITF Masters Series event. Norfolk's only other defeat so far this year was also in three sets against Wagner, in the final of the Pensacola Open at the beginning of April.

The rivalry between the world's top two players now moves up another notch as both head for next week's US Open along with defending champion Nick Taylor (USA), who claimed third place in Atlanta after a three set win over Giuseppe Polidori (ITA).

The final title of the week to be decided was in the Men's Doubles and went to the top seeds, Martin Legner (AUT) and Satoshi Saifda (JPN). Legner and Saida outlasted Dutch duo Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink in a three set final to prevail 61 57 64.

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