10 Apr 2011

News Article

World No. 7 Maikel Scheffers completed a fine week in Boca Raton on Sunday by winning his first men's singles title at the Florida Open, the first ITF Super Series tournament on the 2011 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Meanwhile, Esther Vergeer made it another Dutch double as she won her eighth Florida Open title and Britain's Peter Norfolk won his sixth quad singles title in Boca Raton.

Runner-up in the tournament in 2009, before it was awarded Super Series status, fifth seed Scheffers fought back from a set down in this year's final against French world No. 2 to prevail 26 63 62. Afterwards Scheffers expressed his happiness with how he had played throughout the week on his Twitter account. The Dutchman's second Super Series title of his career will now see the former world No. 2 climb back inside the world's top five.

Houdet enjoyed greater success in the men's main draw doubles final after partnering fellow Frenchman Michael Jeremiasz to their third title in successive weeks in the United States. The regining Paralympic champions defeated Dutch third seeds Robin Ammerlaan and Tom Egberink 75 61.

Vergeer collects eighth Florida Open title

Vergeer was once again peerless as she won her eighth Florida Open women's singles title and stretched her unbeaten sequence to 412 matches.

The world No. 1 beat world No. 5 Aniek van Koot 60 61, leaving van Koot to reflect on her Twitter account: "No one will believe me if I say I played well today. (I am) Happy with this week though, time to rock in dubs later!"

Van Koot and her doubles partner Jiske Griffioen did indeed 'rock' in the all-Dutch women's doubles final when the second seeds beat reigning Wimbledon and US Open Grand Slam champions Vergeer and Sharon Walraven 76 62.

Norfolk regains title in Boca Raton

After exiting in the semifinals in Boca Raton in 2010, Peter Norfolk regained the quad singles title after halting the relentless progress made this week by Israel's Noam Gershony.

World No. 2 Norfolk won his sixth Florida Open title 62 63 to close the gap on American world No. 1 David Wagner, who was beaten by Gershony earlier in the week.

Norfolk produced a solid performance in the opening set and then held serve to lead 4-2 in the second set before having his own service game broken. However the Briton won the final two games of the match to wrap up victory and his sixth title since 2004.

Later in the day Norfolk had to be content with runners-up honours in the quad doubles final. The Anglo-American contest saw top seeds Nick Taylor and David Wagner clinch eight of the last nine games of the match against Norfolk and his fellow Briton John Parfitt to regain the Florida Open title after a 64 61 victory.

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