06 Oct 2013

Reid and Griffioen win ITF 1 Series titles in France

Match Report

Photo: Bruno VandeveldeGordon Reid (GBR) and Stephane Houdet (FRA)

Gordon Reid and Jiske Griffioen won the men’s and women’s singles title at the Open de la Baie de Somme as the latest ITF 1 Series tournament to join the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour came to a close on Sunday in Rue, France.

Spain’s Martin de la Puente won the junior singles title for the second year in succession.

World No. 6 Reid, who turned 22 on Wednesday, the same day as the draw took place in France, clinched the first ITF 1 Series men’s singles title of his career after a 67(5) 63 63 win over world No. 2 Stephane Houdet.

The Briton ends the tournament having beaten the world’s top three ranked men’s singles players in successive days.

Reid saw a 5-2 lead slip away in the first set of the final before Houdet clinched a tie-break. However, Reid also opened up 5-2 leads in both the second and third sets and although Houdet took the eighth game in both sets Reid held on for his third career win over the world No. 2, all of which have come this year.

Griffioen wins ninth ITF 1 Series singles title

A month away from starting the defence of her NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters title in early November, world No. 3 Griffioen clinched the ninth ITF 1 Series women singles title of her career after defeating German world No. 2 and top seed Sabine Ellerbrock 63 64.

Griffioen opened the final by taking a 3-0 lead, but Ellerbrock broke back and had chances to level the first set at 3-3. However, after the sixth game went to deuce Griffioen maintained a clear advantage and went on to open up a 5-2 lead en route to taking the set.

Ellerbrock had come from a set down to win her semifinal and suggested that she might force a deciding set once again after securing an immediate break at the start of the second set. However, Griffioen broke back and denied Ellerbrock the chance of a 4-2 lead before taking the final two games to close out the victory.

It was Griffioen’s third win over Ellerbrock in five matches this season and the Dutchwoman’s first win in three finals against her German opponent, including at Roland Garros, where Ellerbrock won her first Grand Slam title.

Griffioen, who beat Ellerbrock to win the women’s singles bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympics, now leads 10-2 in career head-to-heads between the two players.

Having beaten Mitchel Graauw 61 62 in their fourth round-robin group match on Saturday in Rue, de la Puente produced a similarly dominant performance as the two players met in the junior singles final. De la Puente defeated his Dutch opponent 62 61 to secure his second successive Open de la Baie de Somme title.