07 Apr 2007

News Article

Shingo Kunieda and Satoshi Saida defeated last year's finalists on Saturday in Boca Raton to set up an all-Japanese Men's Main Draw final at the 2007 Florida Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

World No 1 Kunieda put behind him Friday's quarter-finals, in which he was taken to three sets, as he dismissed third seed and former World No 1 Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) 62 63 in his semi-final. Meanwhile, it was fourth seed Saida's turn to go to a deciding set in the other semi-final as he edged out second seed Robin Ammerlaan (NED) 64 16 75.

In the Women's Singles semi-finals fourth seed Jiske Griffioen (NED) made a dramatic comeback against compatriot and fifth seed Korie Homan as she sealed in her place in Sunday's final with a 16 63 64 victory. Griffieon will now seek to end the long unbeaten sequence of World No 1 Esther Vergeer (NED), who stayed on track for a sixth Florida Open title by defeating third seed Sharon Walraven (NED) 64 60.

While Peter Norfolk (GBR) and David Wagner (USA) had already sealed their place in Sunday's Quad Main Draw Singles final on Sunday, Saturday's penultimate day of play in Boc Raton saw the first of the singles titles decided in the world ranking draws as top seed Jamie Burdekin (GBR) defeated third seed Pablo Araya (CHI) to win the Quad Second Draw Singles. Burdekin also won the same event at last October's US Open.

Top seeds Ammerlaan and Jeremiasz are set to take on second seeds Kunieda and Saida in the Men's Main Draw Doubles final, while top seeds Vergeer and Griffioen will play second seeds Homan and Maaike Smit in another all-Dutch Women's Doubles final.

The Quad Doubles final will see American top seeds Nick Taylor and Wagner defend their title against the unseeded Dutch pairing of Dorrie Timmermans Van Hall and Bas Van Erp, who defeated second seeds Monique De Beer (NED) and Sarah Hunter (CAN) in their semi-final.

Day 1 report - Phillipson stars on first day in Boca Raton

Day 2 report - Seeds remain in command in Boca Raton

Day 3 report - Norfolk and Wagner reach another Florida Open final

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