08 Sep 2007

Norfolk and Wagner reach Quad final in New York


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Peter Norfolk (GBR) and David Wagner (USA) won Saturday's final two Quad Singles round robin matches at Flushing Meadows to book their places in Sunday's final at the US Open Masters Series.

After seeing his unbeaten record for 2007 disappear on Friday against Norfolk, World No 1 Wagner never looked in danger of another loss as he dominated the opening set of his match against Sarah Hunter (CAN) to take it 61.

Hunter stayed with Wagner for the early part of the second set, but missed game point opportunities to level at 33 and Wagner opened up a two game cushion. Although Hunter edged another deuce game on Wagner's serve to move within one game she was not unable to claw back the deficit as Wagner moved to 53 ahead. Hunter saved a match point in the next game as Wagner served for the match and she went on to create a game point of her own, but Wagner won the points that mattered and converted his second match point to wrap up a 61 63 victory.

In the other match Norfolk secured the first break against Nick Taylor (USA) in the fourth game to go 31 up, but Taylor made the most of his first break point opportunity of the match in the ninth game.
However, with Taylor serving to try and level the score Norfolk created two more break points and needed just the first set point to take the opener.

At the start of the second set Norfolk dropped just one point in each of his first two service games and broke Taylor's serve to love to open a 30 cushion.

The American World No 3 won the first two points on his next service game, but Norfolk came back to secure another break and extend his lead still further before serving out to move to within one game of victory.

Taylor stemmed the tide after going 40-0 up in his next service game and then had two break points in the next. But World No 2 Norfolk steadied himself and brought the game back to deuce before converting his first match point and serving out for a 64 61 victory. Norfolk now moves in to Sunday's final undefeated after the round robin stage.

Saturday's penultimate day of play at Flushing Meadows also saw all three doubles finals.

Esther Vergeer and Jiske Griffioen suffered their first defeat in 28 tournaments as a pairing in their last tournament at the DaimlerChrysler Open in early August, but the Dutch top seeds got back on the winning trail in sensational fashion in the Women's Doubles final in New York. In an all-Dutch final Vergeer and Griffioen comfortably overcame second seeds Korie Homan and Sharon Walraven 61 61, with Homan and Walraven's only successes coming in the fourth game of the first set and the fifth game of the second set..

The Quad Doubles contest produced a match of widely fluctuating fortunes as top seeds Wagner and Taylor took on Norfolk and Hunter.

Wagner and Taylor won the first set for the loss of just the fifth game, but Norfolk and Hunter came out strongly in the second set to take a 40 lead. However, Wagner and Taylor wiped out the lead to level at 44, only to see Norfolk and Hunter win the next two games to level the match.

Bur Wagner and Taylor showed that they were not about about to give up their four year unbeaten record as they raced through the final set to record a 61 46 60 victory.

The Men's Doubles final saw second seeds and defending champions Robin Ammerlaan (NED) and Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) take a 20 first set lead over top seeds Shingo Kunieda and Satoshi Saida (JPN), but the Japanese Paralympic champions soon got in to their rhythm and levelled at 33 before reeling off the next three games to take the first set.

It was Kunieda and Saida's turn to take a 20 lead early in the second set and although Ammerlaan and Jeremiasz retrieved the break the Japanese duo again put together a run of four games to close out a 63 62 victory.

Sunday's Men's Singles final between Shingo Kunieda (JPN) and Robin Ammerlaan (NED) is the second match scheduled on Court 11 at Flushing Meadows and will be immediately followed by the Quad Singles final between David Wagner (USA) and Peter Norfolk (GBR). Play begins on Court 11 at 12 Noon local time and it is estimated that the Men's Singles final will begin at approximately 13.30 local time.

Sunday's Women's Singles final between Esther Vergeer (NED) and Florence Gravellier (FRA) is the second match scheduled on Court 13, where play also begins at 12 Noon local time. Therefore it is estimated that he Women's Singles final will also begin at approximately 13.30 local time.

To view the complete Order of Play for Sunday, 9th September at the US Open, please click here.

Live scoring will be available for all matches once play begins - please click here.

Men's Singles Draw

Women's Singles Draw

Quad Singles Round Robin Draw

Men's Doubles Draw

Women's Doubles Draw

Quad Doubles Draw



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