14 Jul 2008

Scheffers and Gravellier win Trofeo Della Mole

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Maikel Scheffers (NED) and Florence Gravellier (FRA) won the Men's Main Draw and Women's Singles titles on Sunday at the 6th Trofeo Della Mole as Italy's latest ITF 2 Series event on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour came to a conclusion.

There were few surprises early on in the Men's Main Draw as all eight seeds reached the quarterfinals, with top seed Scheffers leading the host nation's main hope Fabian Mazzei 3-2 in the first set of their lastr 16 match before Mazzei was forced to retire. Meanwhile, former top junior player and eighth seed Joachim Gerard (BEL) had to come from a set down against Mark Gergely (SVK) before eventually securing a comfortable passage to the last eight.

A former world No 1 ranked junior player, Gerard then came up against the current world No 1 ranked junior, Nicolas Peifer (FRA), in the pick of the quarterfinals and 17-year-old fourth seed Peifer recovered from dropping the first set to his elder opponent to prevail 36 60 75.

Another former leading junior, Stefan Olsson (SWE), gave second seed Tadeusz Kruszelnicki (POL) plenty to think about in their quarterfinal, but despite edging through that contest 76(4) 64, Kruszelnicki found Peifer too strong in the semifinals as the young Frenchman ensured his place in the final with a 76(4) 61 victory.

Meanwhile, Scheffers had to come from a set down before seeing off French seventh seed Frederic Cattaneo 36 64 63 in a difficult quarterfinal and the Dutch world No 5 was also taken to a decider in his semifinal before beating third seed and defending champion Martin Legner (AUT) 62 46 61. However, in Sunday's final Scheffers had the edge over Peifer from the start and sealed his first singles title of the season with a 63 63 victory.

In the Women's Singles all eight seeds comfortably reached the quarterfinals, but the bottom half of the draw then produced some of the most exciting tennis of the week.

Second seed Gravellier faced former world No 1 Daniela di Toro (AUS) in the most enthralling of the matches in the last eight and the contest lived up to all expectations as eighth seed di Toro took the first set. After Gravellier had levelled the match to force a decider, the third set then came down to a thrilling tiebrek, which Gravellier eventually took to seal a 46 63 76(3) victory.

Fifth seed Ilanit Fridman (ISR) produced the first minor upset of the week in the Women's Singles as she beat third seed Annick Sevenans (BEL) 62 46 63 to earn a semifinal against Gravellier, but the French former world No 2 proved to strong and secured her place in the final after a 61 75 victory.

By way of comparison the top half of the draw proved quite straight forward, with top seed and defending champion Jiske Griffioen (NED) easing in to the final without dropping a set and beating fourth seed Mie Yaosa (JPN) 63 62 in the semifinals.

Previous matches between Griffioen and Gravellier have a history of being very close and the Women's final in Torino proved little different as Griffioen edged the first set. However, having lost just one of their four previous meetings this season, Gravellier forced her way back in to the match and asserted late in the third and deciding set to clinch a 46 64 75 victory. Her victory extended Gravellier's lead over Griffioen in NEC Tour career head-to-heads to 15-10.

Although not playng in the singles in Torino, Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) sucessfully paired up with Scheffers to win the Men's Main Draw Doubles, the top seeds beating third seeds Cattaneo and Peifer 62 62 in the final.

The Women's Doubles saw di Toro and Sevenans team up to land the spoils. Di Toro and Sevenans eased past top seeds Katharina Kruger (GER) and Yaosa 63 60 in the semifinals and the Australian-Belgian pairing then produced another impressive performance to beat French second seeds Gravellier and Arlette Racineux 61 75 in the final.

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