13 Apr 2008

Kunieda and Vergeer retain Florida Open titles

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Shingo Kunieda (JPN) and Esther Vergeer (NED) secured successful defences of their Men's and Women's Main Draw Singles titles on Sunday's final day of the Florida Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Boca Raton.

Vergeer and Korie Homan took to the show court first on Sunday for the all-Dutch Women's Main Draw Singles final, with world No 1 Vergeer chasing her seventh Florida Open title.

The top seed eased to the first set before opening up a break advantage at 31 in the second set. The two players then swapped breaks to leave Vergeer 42 ahead and she then comfortably held her own serve to move wtihin one game of the title. Serving to stay in the match, Homan's opening ace was cancelled out by a subsequent double fault and a nervy game went to five deuces. However, having saved four match points Homan served one final double fault to give Vergeer a 62 62 victory.

After rain delayed the Men's Main Draw Singles final, world No 1 Kunieda took a commanding 52 lead over world No 2 Robin Ammerlaan (NED), and while Ammerlaan stretched the Japanese player's next service game to deuce, Kunieda eventually served out the first set.

Kunieda made a blistering start to the second set, opening up a 40 lead before Ammerlaan got himself on the board when serving out the fifth game with an ace. Both players just managed to scrape through their next service games as both games went to deuce. With Kunieda serving for the match, Ammerlaan earned himself a break point, but another deuce game finally swung the way of the Japanese top seed, who sealed a 62 62 victory for his second Florida Open title.

The world's best players now stay in Florida, where the second successive ITF 1 Series event, the Pensacola Open, gets underway on Wednesday.

Final Florida Open Drawsheets

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