28 Jul 2007

Vergeer and Wagner win British Open titles

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World No 1 Esther Vergeer (NED) won her seventh successive British Open title on Saturday when she defeated compatriot and fifth seed Korie Homan in straight sets at the third Super Series event of the 2007 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Nottingham, England.

World No 5 Homan is one of just two players to have taken a set of tennis off Vergeer since Vergeer was least beaten in early 2003, but Saturday's final saw Vergeer in top form as she eased in to a 62 30 lead and went on to complete victory 62 61.

Vergeer was last beaten at the British Open in the 2000 final and has now won all three Super Series Women's Singles held so far this year, having been victorious at the Australian Open in January and the Japan Open in May.

In Saturday's Quad Main Draw Singles final, top seed David Wagner (USA) claimed his first Brtish Open title with a comfortable straight sets win over compatriot and second seed Nick Taylor.

Wagner dropped just one game in the first set of the final as he completed a 61 60 victory that is now set to see him reclaim the World No 1 Quad Singles ranking from the injured 2006 British Open champion Peter Norfolk (GBR).

Earlier in the day Men's Singles World No 1 Shingo Kunieda (JPN) reached his first British Open final after defeating fifth seed Ronald Vink (NED) in straight sets. Vink made a determined effort to try and level the semi-final as he went 53 up in the second set, but Kunieda hit back to win the last four games to wrap up 63 75 victory.

Kunieda will now play defending champion and World No 2 Robin Ammerlaan (NED) in Sunday's final. In a repeat of last year's final second seed Ammerlaan remained on course for a possible third British Open title with a 63 62 win over fourth seed Satoshi Saida (JPN).

Kunieda and Ammerlaan have met three times in NEC Tour competition so far this year, with Ammerlaan having won two of those three head-to-heads. However, it is Kunieda that has won both Super Series titles so far this year and since first beating Ammerlaan in June last year Kunieda has won four of their seven meetings. However, all three of Ammerlaan's victories in their last seven meetings have been won in three sets and the scene looks set for a classic encounter on Sunday as Kunieda bids to complete a full set of successive Super Series titles, having also won the US Open towards the end of 2006.

Three of the four Men's Main Draw Singles semi-finalists were in action in the Men's Main Draw Doubles final, with top seeds and reigning Paralympic champions Kunieda and Saida winning their first British Open doubles title with a 75 63 win over seconds seeds Ammerlaan and Martin Legner (AUT).

Top seeds Vergeer and Jiske Griffioen will face second seeds Homan and Maaike Smit in an all-Dutch Women's Doubles final on Sunday. Meanwhile, top seeds Taylor and Wagner and Dutch second seeds Dorrie Timmermans-Van Hall and Bas Van Erp both came through three set semi-finals on Saturday to reach Sunday's Quad Main Draw Doubles final.

To view all the drawsheets and the Order of Play for Sunday, 29th July please vist the LTA website here

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Day 1 Report - Seeds Ameryckx, Bartczak and Timmermans fall at British Open

Day 2 Report - Shuker, Sevenans and Olsson shine at British Open

Day 3 Report - Homan and Hunter edge in to British Open semis

Day 4 Report - Homan, Vergeer, Taylor and Wagner reach Brtish Open finals