30 May 2007

Saida and Griffioen triumph in Korea

News Article

Satoshi Saida (JPN) and Jiske Griffioen (NED) won Friday's Men's and Women's Main Draw Singles finals at the ITF 2 Series Korea Open in Incheon City.

After defeating top seed and World No 2 Robin Ammerlaan (NED) in three sets in the semi-finals, third seed Ronald Vink (NED) took the initiative in the Men's Main Draw Singles final against Saida, but the Japanese second seed gathered himself and gained the momentum in the second set, going on to prevail 46 62 62.

In the Women's Singles final top seed Griffioen showed that she had fully recovered from her surprise first round exit in the Japan Open as she won the big points to edge out compatriot and second seed Sharon Walraven 64 75.

Despite having both reached the Men's Main Draw Singles final, Saida and Vink were beaten in the Men's Main Draw Doubles final, the top seeds losing out 62 57 62 to all-Dutch second seeds Ammerlaan and Maikel Scheffers.

Meanwhile, there was a home nation winner in the Women's Doubles as Young-Suk Hong (KOR) parntered Walraven to success. Second seeds Hong and Walraven came back from dropping the first set of the final to Thailand's Athens Paralympic Silver medallists Sakhorn Khanthasit and Ratana Techamaneewat and went on to triumph 57 62 62.

Korea Open Final Results