24 Jul 2011

Vergeer and Norfolk win British Open titles


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Current world No. 2 Peter Norfolk won his fifth British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships quad singles title on Saturday at Nottingham Tennis Centre during the fifth day of the penultimate Super Series tournament on the 2011 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Meanwhile, world No. 1 Esther Vergeer won her eleventh successive women's singles title.

Norfolk is set to close the gap on American world No. 1 David Wagner at the top of the world rankings after defeating Wagner 64 57 63.

An enthralling opening set saw Norfolk came back from 2-0 down before Wagner built on a 4-1 second set lead to level the contest.

Norfolk powered his way through the opening games of the third and final set to establish a 5-0 lead before Wagner rallied to suggest that there might be an exciting climax. However, with his last British open victory in 2008 ending in him edging Wagner in a final set tiebreak, Norfolk made sure it would not be quite so close this time as he wrapped up his fifth title since 2003.

After beating Wagner in the quad singles final, Norfolk will be on the opposite side of the net to Wagner again on Sunday in the Anglo-American quad doubles final. Second seeds Norfolk and Andrew Lapthorne beat Jamie Burdekin and John Parfitt 61 61 in their all-British semi-final on Saturday, while Taylor and Wagner had a similarly straight forward task as they beat Sweden’s Anders Hard and Bas van Erp of the Netherlands 61 60.

Vergeer eaes to eleventh women's singles crown in Nottingham

While Norfolk won his fifth British Open title, the remarkable Esther Vergeer clinched her eleventh successive British Open women’s singles title after easing to a 61 62 victory over her fellow Dutchwoman and world No. 2 Jiske Griffioen.

Griffioen engaged Vergeer in a string of long rallies as the two players from Woerden in the Netherlands contested the final for the second year in a row, but ultimately Vergeer proved too strong as she took her incredible winning streak to 422 matches.

Griffioen gets another chance to try and lift a British Open title on Sunday when she pairs up with fellow Dutchwoman Aniek van Koot in the women's doubles final.

The top seeds take on another of their compatriots, Marjolein Buis, and Belgium's Annick Sevenans, with 2010 women's doubles champions Sevenans and van Koot set to face each other this year.

Scheffers to contest men's singles final and lifting doubles crown with Vink

The third title to be decided in Nottingham on Saturday saw Dutch top seeds Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink repeat their win over French Paralympic champions Stephane Houdet and Michael Jeremiasz in the Wimbledon men’s doubles final earlier this month. Scheffers and Vink clinched their first British Open doubles title together after a 64 76(5) victory, having come from 4-2 down in the second set tiebreak.

Sunday’s climax to the 22nd British Open will see Scheffers face Sweden’s Stefan Olsson in the men’s main draw singles final.

Scheffers, who won the first Super Series singles title of his career at last year’s British Open, came from 2-0 down in the second set of his semi-final against French world No. 4 Nicolas Peifer to prevail 62 64.

Meanwhile, world No. 7 and reigning NEC Singles Masters champion Olsson reached his first British Open men’s singles final after upsetting second seed and world No. 3 Houdet 63 64.

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