23 Aug 2008

Saida, Griffioen and Wagner win in St Louis

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Satoshi Saida (JPN) powered to the men's main draw singles title on Friday at the USTA National Indoor ROHO Gateway Classic, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while Jiske Griffioen (NED) and David Wagner (USA) retained their women's singles and quad singles titles at the final ITF 1 Series event before next month's Beijing Paralympic Games.

Second seed Saida cruised to his 11th straight win in 12 NEC Tour head-to-heads against top seed Tadeusz Kruszelnicki (POL), the Japanese player spoiling Kruszelnicki's hopes of retaining the St Louis title with a supberb 60 64 victory.

The most closely contested final of the day came in the quad singles, with Sarah Hunter (CAN) getting closer to beating world No.1 David Wagner (USA) than she has since they went to three sets at Janaury's Australian Open. However, it was top seed Wagner who ultimately won the big points as he went on to edge to a successful title defence 76(5) 75.

In the women's singles second seed Jiske Griffioen (NED) also successful retained her title, beating top seed and her compatriot Sharon Walraven. World No.4 Griffioen also retained her unbeaten record against world No. 3 Walraven this season, winning 63 63 in only their second meeting of 2008.

Yuka Chokyu (CAN) and Mie Yaosa (JPN) completed victory in the women's doubles, beating American duo Beth Arnoult and Kaitlyn Verfuerth 62 63 to finish the three-way round robin competition unbeaten in their two matches.