27 Nov 2010

Scheffers and Vink set up final rematch


NEWS ARTICLE

LIVE STREAMING of all three finals at the 2010 Camozzi Doubles Masters, will be available on Sunday, 28 November at: www.e-tennis.tv, starting with the quad doubles final at 10.00 local Italian time.

Reigning champions Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink will play tops seeds Robin Ammerlaan and Stephane Houdet on Sunday in a rematch of the 2009 men's final at the 2010 Camozzi Doubles Masters in Palazzolo, Italy.

Scheffers and Vink made a fine start to their semifinal against the Japanese combination of Yoshinobu Fujimoto and Shingo Kunieda, but Fujimoto and Kunieda put in a fine effort to stretch the Dutch two-time champions before Scheffers and Vink finally prevailed 61 26 63.

The second seeds went into the first set with an obvious game plan, to pressure Fujimoto and try and keep the ball away from Kunieda and it was plan that they executed superbly as they swept through the set.

However, Fujimoto and Kunieda came out fighting in the second set and with Kunieda playing aggressively from the back of the court and Fujimoto moving forward at every opportunity the Japanese duo earned an immediate break before moving 3-1 ahead.

Fujimoto grew in confidence, producing some stunning volleys at the net as he and Kunieda extended their lead to 4-1 and after they maintained their effort for a 5-2 lead Scheffers showed his frustration at the change of ends. However, there was little the Dutch team could do about the change in fortunes and Fujimoto and Kunieda soon levelled the match.

Fujimoto and Kunieda carried their momentum into the early part of the deciding set, with Kunieda typically showing tremendous court coverage and Fujimoto contributed two aces to help them once again open up another break advantage at 3-1. However, the tide turned once again in an incredible match and Scheffers and Vink came back to win the next five games, Scheffers missing a backhand volley on their first match point before they went on clinch victory and earn the right to bid for their third Doubles Masters title.

Ammerlaan and Houdet win first semifinal

Ammerlaan and Houdet showed why they are the top seeds and world’s top two ranked doubles players, advancing to Sunday’s men’s final in straight sets.

Houdet controlled at the net and Ammerlaan dominated from the baseline as the Franco-Dutch combination wrapped up first set, proving too strong for 2003 and 2004 champions Legner and Saida to seize the initiative 62.

Some strong serving by Houdet at the start of the second set was more than matched by some strong defensive work by Legner and Saida and they forced an immediate break to go 2-0 up.

However, Ammerlaan served out the next game without reply to bring him and Houdet back into the set and they then broke Legner’s serve to love with a fine display of tactical doubles play, wrapping up their eighth point in succession to draw level again at 2-2.

With Ammerlaan and Houdet now back into their rhythm, the Frenchman’s serve and volley earned them two game points and Ammerlaan out away the final volley to put them in front for the first time in the second set. More pressure saw last year's runners-up extend their sequence to five games in succession to move to within a game of the final and Legner put the ball into the net on match point to have his serve broken for the second time in the set and hand Ammerlaan and Houdet a 62 62 victory.

Two French combinations won Saturday's play-off matches for fifth and seventh final placings in the men's doubles.

Frederic Cattaneo and Nicolas Peifer, who were semifinalists in Palazzolo in 2009, defeated the youngest partnership in the field, Dutchman Tom Egberink and Gordon Reid of Great Britain 67(6) 60 61 to earn fifth place, while Frederic Cazeaudumec and David Dalmasso overcame the all-British team of Marc McCarroll and David Phillipson 64 76(1).

Meanwhile, Marjolein Buis and Sabine Ellerbrock claimed third place honours in the women's event after a 62 76(2) victory over Japan's Kanako Domori and Yuko Okabe, with John Parfitt and Dorrie Timmermans beating Anders Hard and Antonio Raffaele 63 64 to earn third place in the quad event.

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