28 Jan 2011

Kunieda-Scheffers win Australian Open men's doubles


NEWS ARTICLE

David Wagner and Peter Norfolk renew their Grand Slam final rivalry on Saturday after both coming through their remaining quad singles round-robin matches on Friday in straight sets at the Australian Open.

World No. 1 Wagner produced a solid performance to maintain his unbeaten record against British world No. 6 Andrew Lapthorne, winning 63 63 in 58 minutes and will now bid to follow up his US Open victory over Norfolk last September, which brought Wagner his first Grand Slam singles title.

Norfolk gained the first service break of his match against world No. 4 Nick Taylor to go 3-2 ahead and Taylor won just one more game as the world No. 2 closed out the first set in 30 minutes. Norfolk then dropped a total of just one game in Taylor's three service games in the second set to complete a 63 60 victory after just 49 minutes.

In the men's doubles final Shingo Kunieda and Maikel Scheffers came from 3-1 down to take the first set against French second seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer. Houdet and Peifer then held a slender 2-1 second set lead, but Kunieda and Scheffers won five of the next six games to wrap up a 63 63 victory in 67 minutes.

Esther Vergeer has already dealt out one double bagel this week, to her compatriot and doubles partner Sharon Walraven in the opening round of the women's singles. However, with Walraven on Vergeer's side of the net in the all-Dutch women's doubles final the top seeds looked like another 60 60 victory might be on the cards as they sped through the opening set in just 24 minutes against Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot.

Second seeds Griffioen and van Koot managed to get themselves on the scoreboard in the tenth game of the match and then had a game point to reduce their deficit to 3-2, but Vergeer and Walraven took the next three points to open up a 4-1 lead. Although Griffioen and van Koot went on to win their second game, the writing was on the wall and Vergeer and Walraven, the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champions, sealed their third successive Grand Slam crown 60 62 in exactly an hour.

To view the updated draws on the Australian Open Official Website, please click here.

Saturday's men's, women's and quad singles finals at Melbourne Park will all take place on Margaret Court Arena, one of the show courts. Play is scheduled to start at 13.00 local Melbourne time with the quad singles final.

To view the complete order of play for Saturday, 29 January, please click here
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