28 Jun 2008

Norfolk lifts French Open Quad title


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Top seed Peter Norfolk (GBR) won his second Quad Singles title at the BNP Paribas French Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, on Saturday after beating fourth seed Johan Andersson (SWE) in straight sets in Antony, France.

Meanwhile, fittingly for France's ITF 1 Series event, Sunday's Men's Main Draw Singles final will be an all-French affair between Stephane Houdet and Michael Jeremiasz, with Florence Gravellier also making it to the Women's Singles final after upsetting second seed Jiske Griffioen (NED).

In the Quad Singles, world No 2 Norfolk has made his first visit to the French Open this week since winning the title in 2003, and the Briton secured a comprehensive 64 61 win over world No 6 Andersson to regain the title.

Later in the day Norfolk secured his second title of the week as he paired up with fellow Briton Jamie Burdekin to beat Italian duo Giuseppe Polidori and Antonio Raffaele 63 61 in the Quad Doubles final.

The only kind of upset on the penultimate day of play came in the Women's Singles semifinals as fourth seed Gravellier came through a three set contest to beat second seed Griffioen 63 36 62. Gravellier will now hope that the home support can help inspire her as she bids to break Esther Vergeer's unbeaten streak. Top seed and defending champion Vergeer eased her way in to another French Open final when overcoming her compatriot and third seed Sharon Walraven (NED) 61 62.

In the Men's Main Draw Singles semifinals fifth seed Michael Jereremiasz (FRA) held off sixth seed Satoshi Saida (JPN) to win 75 62 in a rematch of the 2006 final. Jeremiasz, the French Open champion in 2005, will now take on defending champion and top seed Houdet, who secured a comfortable 62 63 win over seventh seed Ben Weekes (AUS) in the other semifinal.

Before going head-to-head on Sunday, Houdet and Jeremiasz paired up to clinch the Men's Main Draw Doubles title on Saturday, the third seed beating the unseeded Korean pairing of Ha-Gel Lee and Sang-Ho Oh 61 62.

Meanwhile, top seeds Griffioen and Vergeer added to their long list of Women's Doubles titles when beating Beth Arnoult (USA) and Katharina Kruger (GER) 61 62.

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