05 Sep 2009

Top seeds in to US Open finals


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The top two seeded players will contest each of the men's main draw singles, women's singles and quad singles finals on Sunday at the US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in St Louis, Missouri.

After rain resulted in a four hour delay to the start of the action on the penultimate day of the third and final Super Series tournament of 2009, Shingo Kunieda (JPN) stayed on course for his third US Open title after speeding through his semifinal against fourth seed Stefan Olsson (SWE) 61 61.

However, the other semifinal was nowhere near as clear cut, with as third seed Maikel Scheffers (NED) provided stern opposition for world No. 2 Stephane Houdet. Houdet took a 3-0 lead before Scheffers broke back, only to see the Frenchman snatch the first set 6-4.

Scheffers came out with all guns blazing in the second set, opening up a 5-0 en route to levelling the match. But, Houdet broke at the start of the final set and a Scheffers double fault allowed the second seed to open up a 4-1 lead. After successive service breaks, Houdet had a match point at 5-3, but lost the opportunity as Scheffers brought his deficit back to one game. The Dutchman had the chance to level the set at 5-5 as the next game went to deuce, but a long rally finished the match, Scheffers eventually hitting the ball long to end an enthralling contest with Houdet prevailing 64 06 64.

Homan and Vergeer ease through

Esther Vergeer and Korie Homan will meet in yet another final between the world's top two players after both Dutchwomen eased to victory in their semifinals.

Homan dominated her compatriot and fourth seed Jiske Griffioen to win their semifinal 61 61, but Daniela di Toro provided a little more resistance for world No. 1 Vergeer in the other semifinal.

Di Toro and Vergeer held serve for the first four games of the match, but Vergeer won the last four games of the first set and repeated the pattern in the second set. Di Toro temporarily stalled the top seed's relentless progress by saving the first match point, but Vergeer was not about to be denied and wrapped up a 62 62 victory to continue her quest for an eighth US Open title.

Andersson fight back ends Taylor's bid to regain title

Third seed Nick Taylor (USA) appeared to be firmly in control of his bid for a fourth US Open title as he took a 6-0, 2-0 lead against second seed Johan Andersson (SWE) in their quad singles semifinal.

However, world No. 3 and Beijing Paralympic silver medallist Andersson had other ideas as he won nine games in a row to take the second set and a establish 4-0 lead in the decider. Taylor kept his hopes alive by taking the next game, but Andersson went on to complete a sequence of 12 out of 13 games to reach the final, a forehand winner on match point sealing a remarkable 06 63 61 victory.

Andersson plays world No. 1 David Wagner (USA) in Sunday's final. After winning the last US Open to be staged in San Diego, Wagner kept his dreams of a second US Open crown going with a 63 63 victory over his unseeded compatriot Bryan Barten in the other semifinal.

Ammerlaan and Kunieda win men's doubles

After beating top seeds Stephane Houdet and Martin Legner in tbe semifinals, Robin Ammerlaan (NED) and Kunieda went on to win the men's main draw doubles.

The third seeds edged the first set against Dutch second seeds Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink on a tiebreak, Ammerlaan and Kunieda's first set point being converted after Scheffers mishit the ball. However, the Dutch duo won the last four games of the second set to force a decider.

Ammerlaan and Kunieda broke at the start of the final set and Ammerlaan eventually held serve in the longest game of the match to move to within one game of the match. With Kunieda serving for the title, Scheffers and Vink saved the first match point against them. However, Vink hit long on the second match point to give Ammerlaan and Kunieda a 76 26 63 victory after two hours and 25 minutes.

Jiske Griffioen and Korie Homan justified top seeding to win the women's doubles title.

The Dutch pairing went 4-1 down to second seeds Daniela di Toro (AUS) and Lucy Shuker (GBR) in the final, but turned the first set round to take it before establishing a 4-1 lead of their own in the second set.

Although di Toro and Shuker broke Griffioen's serve to claw one game back and went on to save four match points, they were unable to follow up their semifinal defeat of second seeds Aniek van Koot and Vergeer and Griffioen and Homan wrapped up a 64 62 victory.

Taylor and Wagner also added yet another US Open quad doubles title to their collection after beating second seeds Andersson and Jamie Burdekin (GBR) in straight sets.

Andersson and Burdekin had three set points in the second set that would have forced a decider, but Taylor and Wagner held on and Taylor went on to serve out for a 63 75 victory on the first of two match points.

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