24 Jul 2011

Scheffers retains British Open men's title


NEWS ARTICLE

After Esther Vergeer won her eleventh successive British Open women's singles title on Saturday, Maikel Scheffers secured the second leg of a Dutch doubles in Nottingham on Sunday when he retain the men's main draw singles title at the penultimate Super Series tournament on the 2011 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

World No. 2 Scheffers beat first-time British Open finalist and world No. 7 Stefan Olsson of Sweden 63, 60.

The Dutchman secured the first breakthrough of the match when he opened up a 4-2 lead after Olsson sent a forehand just long over the Dutchman’s baseline. Top seed Scheffers then won eight of the next nine games to wrap up his title defence.

The women’s main draw doubles final featured both of last year’s champions, Annick Sevenans of Belgium and Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands, but this year the two players were on different sides of the net and it was van Koot that managed to share in the title for the second successive year.

Van Koot partnered Saturday’s women’s singles runner-up Jiske Griffioen to victory, the all-Dutch top seeds defeating Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands and Sevenans 63 64 to add the British Open title to the Florida Open and BNP Paribas French Open Super Series titles they had already won this season.

The other main draw title to be decided on the final day of play was in the quad doubles as American top seeds Nick Taylor and David Wagner regained the British Open title with a straight sets win over British second seeds Andrew Lapthorne and Peter Norfolk.

Taylor and Wagner coped better with the windy conditions in the first set of the final and then took a 5-1 second set lead. However, Lapthorne and Norfolk, the reigning Australian Open and Doubles Masters champions, fought back and saved a match point at 5-2 before Lapthorne finally levelled the set with at 5-5 with an ace. But, as the set came down to a tiebreak, Taylor and Wagner held their composure en route to wrapping up a 61 76(4) victory.

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