23 Jul 2007

Scheffers, Vergeer and Wagner retain Belgian titles


NEWS ARTICLE

Maikel Scheffers and Esther Vergeer retained the Men's and Women's titles on Sunday at the Belgian Open, while David Wagner (USA) also retained the Quad title in Namur.

In the Men's Main Draw Singles World No 9 and second seed Scheffers reached the final without dropping a set, defeating Mike Denayer (BEL), Nicolas Peifer (FRA) and Martin Legner (AUT). Meanwhile, top seed Tadeusz Kruszelnici (POL) made a superb start to his semi-final against sixth seed Stefan Olsson (SWE), but the young Swede produced a remarkable turnabout in fortunes to go on and prevail 06 62 61, setting up a repeat of the 2006 final and a showdown between two of the world's former top junior players.

It was Olsson's turn to make a good start in the final, taking the first set, but Scheffers hit back to retain the title 36 62 63.

In the Women's Singles World No 1 Vergeer dropped just five games in setting up a repeat of last year's final against Dutch compatriot and second seed Korie Homan. With Homan then hampered by a shoulder problem in the final Vergeer went on to secure another comfortable 62 62 win to claim her 9th successive Belgian Open title.

The Quad Singles looked to be heading for another repeat of the last two finals, as top seed David Wagner (USA) and twice runner-up Dorrie Timmermans-Van Hall (NED) reached the semi-finals. However, after fifth seed Bas Van Erp (NED) had defeated fourth seed Antonio Raffaele (ITA) to also reach the last four, he thwarted Timmermans-Van Hall's bid for another Belgian Open final berth, easing to a 63 60 semi-final victory.

Meanwhile, Wagner held off a battling semi-final performance from third seed Monique De Beer (NED) to prevail 62 36 61 before securing the important points in the final to defeat Van Erp 63 75.

The world's top players now head to Nottingham, England for the British Open, with the third Super Series event of the 2007 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour set to start on Tuesday.

All results from the Belgian Open are available from the Official Belgian Open Website.



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