04 Jun 2010

Olsson to face Kunieda in Roland Garros final


NEWS ARTICLE

Sweden's world No. 5 Stefan Olsson has reached his first men's singles final at a Grand Slam after defeating world No. 2 Stephane Houdet of France in Thursday' semi-finals at Roland Garros.

Olsson took all but one of his break point opportunities as he wrapped up a 63 63 victory over Houdet in an hour and two minutes and now goes on to face world No. 1 Shingo Kunieda (JPN) in Friday's final.

Kunieda remained on track for a fourth successive Roland Garros title after ending the French interest with a straight sets victory over Nicolas Peifer.

Kunieda edged a close first set, but then allowed Peifer just 10 points throughout the whole of the second set as the Japanese star maintained a tremendously high standard of serving to complete a 64 60 victory in 49 minutes.

Vergeer in ominous form

Any thoughts that Esther Vergeer might show signs of ring rustiness after six months out of the sport were totally banished as the world No. 1 powered through her semifinal against Australia's Daniela di Toro for the loss of just one game.

Di Toro only had one chance to break Vergeer in the entire match as the Dutchwoman needed just 58 minutes to wrap up a 60 61 over the last player to beat her in competition, Vergeer extending her unbeaten winning streak to 385 matches before bidding for her fourth Roland Garros title in Friday's final.

That final will be an all-Dutch contest against world No. 5 Sharon Walraven, who edged French world No. 3 Florence Gravellier 64 75 after an hour an 10 minutes in the other semifinal.

A superb day for Olsson saw him pair up with Robin Ammerlaan (NED) to secure a place in the men's doubles final. Ammerlaan and Olsson made a sensational start against Dutch second seeds and reigning Doubles Masters champions Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink, but then had to survive a tense championship tie-break before finally sealing a 61 57, 10-7 victory.

Ammerlaan and Olsson will now face top seeds Houdet and Kunieda in the final.

The women's doubles final will feature the top two seeded pairings as top seeds di Toro and Aniek van Koot (NED) face the all-pairing of Vergeer and Walraven. Vergeer and Walraven sere made to work for their semifinal victory over Gravellier and Jiske Griffioen (NED), but eventually came through 75 64.

DRAWS

Men's Singles

Women's Singles

Men's Doubles

Women's Doubles

SCHEDULE

The wheelchair tennis singles and doubles finals at Roland Garros will all take place on Court 7 on Friday, 4 June, with play starting at 11.00 local Paris time.

To view the full order of play for Friday, 4 June, please click here.

Roland Garros Official Website.

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