30 Sep 2017

Peifer, de Groot, Wagner seal French Riviera titles

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Photo: Japan Open 2017David Wagner (USA)

Nicolas Peifer, Diede de Groot and David Wagner secured the men’s, women’s and quad singles titles at the inaugural French Riviera Open, which came to an end on Saturday in Biot with Wagner having taken his tally of titles on the 2017 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour into double figures.

With Wagner and Lucas Sithole having become the first two players to book their places in a singles final heading into Friday’s penultimate day of competition at Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, world No. 1 Wagner ensured there was no repeat of his dropped first set in his semifinal against Briton Antony Cotterill and the USA top seed went on to win the final 64 60.

The result means that Wagner ends September with three successive quad singles titles, having won the US Open in New York and last week’s Sardinia Open. He earned his tenth title of 2017 by winning the final set of all three of his singles matches 6-0.

However, the quad doubles title eluded Wagner and his compatriot Marc McLean. A week on from finishing as runner-up in Sardinia, Cotterill and Sithole justified top seeding in Biot, defeating McLean and Wagner 63 63 to seal their third doubles title together.

Peifer earns home victory in men’s singles

World No. 5 Peifer was the only one of the three singles champions to also add a doubles title in Biot.

Friday’s men’s semifinals saw top seed and world No. 4 Gordon Reid earn his first win in three matches again Sweden’s Stefan Olsson this season, prevailing 63 57 64.

Peifer also had a difficult time against Japanese fourth seed Takashi Sanada. Although the Frenchman won 63 75, there was an even tougher time ahead in Saturday’s final against Reid. Peifer came back from 2-0 down to take a 4-2 third set lead, but Reid forced a final set tiebreak before Peifer eventually wrapped up a 63 36 76(3) victory for his fifth singles title of the year,

Later in the day Peifer partnered Dutchman Tom Egberink to win the men’s doubles. Having beaten top seeds Olsson and Reid in a deciding match tiebreak in their semifinal, Egberink and Peifer completed the event having defeated both top two seed partnerships, earning a 61 75 victory over second seeds Evans Maripa and Sanada for their second successive title together, having last teamed up to win the 2016 Austrian Open.

De Groot denies Kruger in women’s singles final

Top seed Diede de Groot and second seed Katharina Kruger both dropped five games apiece to earn their places in the women’s singles final.

World No. 2 de Groot denied French third seed and Sardinia Open runner-up Charlotte Famin a place in her second final in successive weeks, beating this week’s new world No. 10 62 63 in Friday’s semifinals. Kruger, meanwhile, kept up her own bid for back-to-back titles when she overcame fourth seed Michaela Spaanstra 64 61 to take her perfect head-to-head win record against the Dutchwoman into double figures.

However, having finished runner-up to current world No. 1 Yui Kamiji in three successive finals since August, de Groot ended Kruger’s hopes of following up on her Sardinia Open title with a 63 63 final victory for her first title since becoming Wimbledon champion in July.

Top seeds Capocci and Famin’s passage to the women’s doubles final involved a 60 60 semifinal win. For second seeds Louise Hunt and Spaanstra, booking their place in the final proved an altogether different challenge, but they eventually held on to defeat Kruger and Russia’s Polina Shakirova 57 62 (10-5).

However, having won their first two tournaments together this season, Hunt and Spaanstra’s undefeated record as a duo came to an end in Saturday’s final when Capocci and Famin edged another enthralling contest 76(9) 26 (12-10) to win their first title together.