Photo: Cecil WiseJiske Griffioen (NED)
Maikel Scheffers and Jiske Griffioen secured a Dutch double by winning the men and women’s singles titles respectively at the Atlanta Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while David Wagner of USA retained the quad singles title.
The last ITF 1 Series tournament to come within the qualification period for the London 2012 Paralympics saw Jon Rydberg threaten to upset world No. 1 and defending champion Scheffers in the men’s singles final as the unseeded American won the last four games of the opening set.
However, Scheffers dominated the second set and then edged the decider to prevail 36 61 64.
Scheffers ended the tournament with both the men’s singles and men’s doubles titles as he and Britain’s Marc McCarroll crowned their first tournament as partners by defeating American second seeds Rydberg and Stephen Welch 60 76(3).
Griffioen wins women’s singles as Shuker and Whiley claim first ITF 1 doubles title
World No. 3 Jiske Griffioen established a commanding 5-1 lead in the first set of the women’s singles final, but unseeded Briton Lucy Shuker fought back to level the contest at 5-5 before edging into a 6-5 lead. However, Griffioen went on to take the last two points of the tiebreak to gain the advantage.
Thereafter the Dutch top seed dominated the second set and sealed her first singles title of 2012 76(5) 61.
Shuker had beaten second seed Annick Sevenans of Belgium and third seed Sharon Walraven of the Netherlands en route to reaching the women’s singles final and Sevenans and Walraven were on the same side of the net to face Shuker and her fellow Briton Jordanne Whiley in a fascinating women’s doubles final.
The top seeds looked to be on course for a comfortable victory after dropping just one game in the opening set, but second seeds Shuker and Whiley forced a deciding set before coming from 5-3 behind to win their first ITF 1 Series title together 16 64 75 after the best part of three hours on court.
Wagner adds quad singles title to quad doubles crown
While Scheffers ended the tournament with both the men’s singles and doubles title, David Wagner went into the quad singles final having already secured the quad double.
The world No. 1 proceeded to waste little time in adding the quad singles crown after easing to a 61 60 win over fellow American third seed Bryan Barten.