29 Jul 2007

Kunieda completes Super Series collection in Nottingham

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World No 1 Shingo Kunieda (JPN) completed a full set of successive Super Series titles on Sunday when he beat Robin Ammerlaan (NED) to win his first Men's Main Draw Singles title at the British Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Nottingham, England.

In his first British Open final top seed Kunieda made a solid start against defending champion and World No 2 Ammerlaan and then won the points that mattered in the second set to clinch a 63 75 victory, thereby thwarting the Dutchman's bid for a third British Open title.

Kunieda and Ammerlaan have now each won two of their four NEC Tour meetings this year, while Kunieda has won five of the last eight head-to-heads between the two players.

Kunieda won the US Open, the last Super Series of 2006, and has now won the Australian Open, the Japan Open and the British Open so far this year.

While Kunieds's victory on Sunday brought his second title of the week, following Saturday's Men's Main Draw Doubles triumph with compatriot Satoshi Saida, Esther Vergeer (NED) and David Wagner (USA) also won their second titles of the week in Sunday's Women's Doubles and Quad Main Draw Doubles finals.

Top seeds Vergeer and Jiske Griffioen (NED) came from behind in both sets of Sunday's Women's Doubles final against fellow Dutch duo and second seeds Korie Homan and Maaike Smit. Vergeer and Griffioen were 14 down in the first set and 35 down in the second set, but on both occasions they put together a string of unanswered games to eventually prevail 64 75.

Meawnhile, Saturday's Quad Main Draw Singles finalists Wagner and Nick Taylor (USA) justified their top seeding for the Quad Main Draw Doubles when winning the Sunday's final with a 62 57 63 win over Dutch second seeds Dorrie Timmermans-Van Hall and Bas Van Erp.

In a repeat of February's Junior Masters final top seed Nicholas Peifer (NED) defeated local favourite and last year's runner-up David Phillipson (GBR) 36 63 63 to win the Junior Boys Singles, while Aniek Van Koot (NED) lived up to her top seeding to defeat second seed Katharina Kruger (GER) 62 60 in the final of the Junior Girls Singles.

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Day 3 Report - Homan and Hunter edge in to British Open semis

Day 4 Report - Homan, Vergeer, Taylor and Wagner reach Brtish Open finals

Day 5 Report - Vergeer and Wagner win British Open titles