06 Jun 2008

Kunieda and Vergeer retain Roland Garros titles


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Shingo Kunieda (NED) and Esther Vergeer (NED) won Friday's Men's annd Women's Singles final at the Roland Garros Masters Series event to complete successful defences of the titles they won last year.

In the Men's Singles final, 24-year-old world No 2 Kunieda mades his cusmtomary blistering start in the first set, dropping just two points in his opening two service games. Meanwhile, Ammerlaan's biggest success came in his opening service game, which went to deuce, but Kunieda had the better of the majority of rallies and wrapped up the first set in just 15 minutes without dropping a game, having hit twice as many winners as Ammerlaan.

The Dutch world No 2 made an altogether better start to the second set, edging two deuce games to open up a 2-0 lead. Ammerlaan maintained that advantage and at 5-3 up he had a set point on Kunieda's serve. Hoewever, Kunieda rescued the situation and then broke Ammerlaan to love to level at 5-5, before edging ahead. Under intense pressure, Ammerlaan held his nerve in another tight game to force the tiebreak, and then gained the first mini-break straight away. But, once again Kunieda fough his way back to lead 4-3, only to see Ammerlaan break again to lead 5-4. Nevertheless, Kunieda eventually prevailed, needing just his first match point to clinch the title 60 76(5) in 66 minutes.

The Women's Singles final saw Vergeer and fellow Dutchwoman Korie Homan exchange service breaks early on, but a further double break was enough to give Vergeer the first set. The world No 1 raced in to a 5-2 second set lead and then served out on the first of two match points to triumph 62 62, ending the contest having hit more than twice the number of winners as Homan.

The only minor upset of the finals day came in the Men's Doubles final, with second seeds Kunieda and Maikel Scheffers (NED) building on a 3-1 first set lead to take ir 62. Top seeds Ammerlaan and Ronald Vink made a better start to the second set and held a 3-1 lead of their own, but Kunieda and Scheffers reeled off four games in succession to move to within a game of victory. However, Ammerlaan and Vink withstood the pressure to level at 5-5, only for Kunieda and Scheffers to serve out the match at the second time of asking to secure a 6-2, 7-5 victory on their first match point.

In the all-Dutch Women's Doubles decider top seeds Jiske Griffioen and Vergeer won the last two games of the first set. After seeing their 3-1 second set lead erased by seconds seeds Homan and Sharon Walraven, defending champions Griffioen and Vergeer also clinched the last two games of the second set, sealing a 64 64 victorry on their third of three successive match points.

Men's Singles Draw

Women's Singles Draw

Men's Doubles Draw

Women's Doubles Draw



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