04 Jun 2010

Kunieda and Vergeer win Roland Garros titles


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Shingo Kunieda of Japan and Netherlands' Esther Vergeer won the men's and women's singles wheelchair tennis titles on Friday in Paris as both world No. 1 ranked players won their fourth successive Roland Garros titles apiece.

Sweden's Stefan Olsson made a fine attempt at trying to stay with the defending champion in the men's singles final, but Kunieda clinched the decisive break at the end of the first set and then broke immediately at the start of the second set. Olsson had a game point to break back in the third game of the second set, but he was unable to take his opportunity as Kunieda opened up a 3-0 lead.

Olsson's determination saw him rescue three successive game points as he took Kunieda to deuce in the fifth game, but Kunieda eventually had the edge to move to within one game of victory and with the Swede serving to stay in the match Kunieda broke once more on the first of three match points to seal a 64 60 victory, extending his unbeaten stretch to 92 matches.

Vergeer completes return with stunning victory over Walraven

Esther Vergeer earned her second 60 60 victory in successive Grand Slam finals as she extended her own remarkable winning streak to 386 matches after victory over her fellow Dutchwoman Sharon Walraven in the women's singles final.

After beating Korie Homan 60 60 in the US Open final in New York in September and then missing January's Australian Open, Vergeer completed her comeback to the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour with a stunning performance.

Vergeer reeled off the first two games of the final without dropping a point and then dropped just one point in each of the next three games as she opened up a 5-0 lead with seemingly relative ease. With the defending champion serving for the set she showed the only signs of any vulnerability as Walraven moved 0-30 and 15-40 ahead, but despite having two break points Walraven saw Vergeer bring the game back to deuce before converting her third set point with Walraven having just eight points on the scoreboard in the entire set.

Walraven had another game point in the third game of the second set, but was again unable to convert it as Vergeer opened up another 3-0 lead. Vergeer dropped just one point in the next two games as she extended her lead to 5-0 and despite Walraven getting two points on the board in the final game, Vergeer only needed her first match point to wrap up a remarkable victory, her fourth in a row at Roland Garros.

Di Toro and van Koot win women's doubles title

Both the men's and women's doubles finals were decided in championship tie-breaks, with the women's doubles ending with Vergeer losing a final in a wheelchair tennis event at a Grand Slam for the first time.

After going head-to-head in the women's singles final, Walraven and Vergeer made a good start as a partnership in the doubles final. However, top seeds Daniela di Toro (AUS) and Aniek van Koot (NED) came back to take the second set and carried their momentum into the championship tie-break, prevailing 36 63, 10-4 as van Koot won her second successive Grand Slam title and di Toro her first since wheelchair tennis events took on Grand Slam status at the start of 2009.

Kunieda collected his second title of the day in the men's doubles, as the French fans had something to celebrate with Stephane Houdet partnering the world No. 1. The world's top two ranked singles players made a fine start to the final, but Robin Ammerlaan (NED) and Olsson came back to assert late in the second set before pushing Houdet and Kunieda in the championship tie-break. However, the top seeds eventually sealed a 62 57 10-8 victory to add to their Australian Open victory.

FINAL DRAWS

Men's Singles

Women's Singles

Men's Doubles

Women's Doubles

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