15 May 2009

Park beats Walraven in Daegu Open final


NEWS ARTICLE

Ju-Yeon Park (KOR) secured the biggest win of her career on Friday to beat world No 5 and top seed Sharon Walraven (NED) in the women's singles final at the Daegu Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Korea.

However, the men's main draw singles final was unable to be played on Saturday after heavy rain in Deagu througout the day.

World No 31 Park, playing her best tennis ever, beat an off-form Walraven 64 62 in the women's singles final. In her first NEC Tour event since last September's Beijing Paralympics, Walraven served 12 double faults and held her serve only once in the entire match after having problems with her timing. Coupled with Park's solid returns, the result was a big upset, but continued Park's fine run of form this week after she beat her compatriot and second seed Myung-Hee Hwang 62 26 62 in the semifinals.

By comparison, Walraven's passage to the final had been relatively untroubled and she swept past fourth seed Young-Sil Cho 61 62 in the last four.

There has been less drama to date in the men's main draw singles, with all four seeds comfortably reaching the semifinals.

Joined in the last four by three Japanese players, third seed Ben Weekes (AUS) led second seed Satoshi Saida 4-3 in the first set of their semifinal and had two chances to go 5-3 ahead. However, the vastly experienced Saida kept his composure and reeled off three games in succession to take the initiative.

In the second set, with Saida leading 5-4 and serving for the match, he quickly fell behind 0-40. However, again, Saida regrouped and won the next 5 points in succession to seal a 64 64 victory.

Saida is set to face a familiar opponent in Saturday's final after world No 1 Shingo Kunieda dropped just one game in the other all-Japanese semifinal against fourth seed Yoshinobu Fujimoto.

With rain forecast in Daegu on Saturday, the men's main draw singles final was the only match left to play, after the remaining events were concluded on Friday. Kunieda and Saida went in to Saturday's scheduled singles final with one title already under their belts, having eased past Fujimoto and Weekes 61 62 in the men's main draw doubles final. However, with their singles final unable to be played, the two players will split the available world rankings points and prize money.

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