Japan’s Yui Kamiji claimed the first Super Series title of her career on Sunday as the 2013 Japan Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, came to a close in Iizuka City with Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands winning his fourth Super title after coming from a match point down in the men’s singles final.
Kamiji and Scheffers’ victories came a day after world No. 1 David Wagner of USA won his seventh Japan Open quad singles title, with all the weekend’s finals having been played indoors due to rain.
Nineteen-year-old Kamiji, who started her country’s leading tournament on the NEC Tour this week world ranked No. 11, denied world No. 4 Marjolein Buis her second successive Super Series title this season, as the young Japanese player claimed a tense 76(3) 46 63 win.
Kamiji’s victory leaves Buis as the runner up in Iizuka for the third successive year after she was a finalist against fellow Dutchwoman Jiske Griffioen in 2011 and against Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock last year.
Fourth seed Kamiji ends this year’s tournament having beaten both the top two seeds, after accounting for top seed Ellerbrock in three sets in the semifinals before her win over second seed Buis.
Scheffers wins first Japan Open title
A month after making his return to the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour following elbow surgery, subsequently finishing runner-up at the Atlanta Open and helping Netherlands to the final of the World Team Cup, world No. 3 Scheffers justified top seeding in Iizuka City to win his first Super Series title since the 2011 British Open.
However, the Dutchman was given plenty to think about by first-time Super Series finalist Joachim Gerard after the Belgian edged the first set and held a match point in the second before Scheffers fought back to win the last two games of the set and gained the crucial break in the third for a 46 75 63 victory.
All three singles champions, Scheffers, Kamiji and Wagner, end the third Super Series event of the year having also won the men’s, women’s and quad doubles titles respectively.
On Saturday's penultimate day of play, Scheffers partnered Gerard to win the men’s doubles, Kamiji paired up with Ellerbrock to win the women’s doubles, while Wagner joined forces with Canada’s Sarah Hunter to win the quad doubles.
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