29 Jan 2010

Norfolk and Wagner to contest quad final


NEWS ARTICLE

Peter Norfolk will meet David Wagner as the world's top two quad division players go head-to-head for a fourth time in the Australian Open quad singles final on Saturday at Melbourne Park.

Norfolk comfortably won his third and remaining round-robin match against Sweden's Johan Andersson 61 62 on Friday.

The Briton will bid for his fourth Australian Open title after winning almost twice as many points as Andersson to clinch their round-robin match. The two-time Paralympic champion will now face world No. 2 Wagner for the second time in three days after beating the American in three sets on Thursday.

After Norfolk had beaten world No. 4 Nick Taylor (USA) 60 60 on Thursday, Wagner became the second player to beat Taylor without dropping a game in their last round-robin match.

While the Australian Open title will be at stake in Saturday's contest on Margaret Court Arena, so will Norfolk's world No. 1 ranking.

Friday's men's doubles final ended in victory for the world's top two ranked singles players, Stephane Houdet (FRA) and Shingo Kunieda (JPN).

Second seed Houdet and Kunieda raced in to a 3-0 lead against Dutch top seeds Robin Ammerlaan and Maikel Scheffers before closing out the opening set 6-2. Houdet and Kunieda then reeled off the last three games of the match, sealing a 62 62 victory on their first match point.

In the quad doubles final, Norfolk and Andersson saved three set points, but could not save the fourth as defending champions Wagner and Taylor claimed the last four games of the first set.

With Venus Williams an interested spectator for the second Grand Slam in succession, the American top seeds broke to lead 5-3 in the second set before Norfolk and Andersson saved two match points in the next game and went on to force a tiebreak. Despite leading the tiebreak 4-2, Norfolk and Andersson could not maintain their momentum and Wagner and Taylor prevailed 62 76(5).

Last season's Wimbledon Women's Wheelchair Doubles finalists Lucy Shuker and Daniela di Toro (AUS) had to be content with another runners-up spot at a Grand Slam after dropping the last three games of their women's doubles final against Florence Gravellier (NED) and Aniek van Koot (NED).

Second seeds Shuker and di Toro also forced a second set tiebreak, but found themselves 4-0 down as Gravellier and van Koot went on to seal their first Grand Slam title with a 63 76(2) victory.

Saturday's final day of wheelchair tennis action will feature the men's singles, women's singles and quad singles finals, all of which are due to take place on Margaret Court Arena, with play scheduled to begin with the quad singles final at 13.00 local Melbourne time.

Live scoring will be available for all matches.


Complete Schedule of Play - Saturday, 30 January

Draws

Men's Singles
Men's Doubles
Women's Singles
Women's Doubles
Quad Singles
Quad Doubles

Australian Open Official Website

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