01 Jun 2013

Wagner clinches seventh Japan Open title

Match Report

Photo: William GreinerDavid Wagner (USA)

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David Wagner clinched his seventh successive Japan Open quad singles title on Saturday’s penultimate day of the third Super Series tournament on the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while Joachim Gerard and Yui Kamijji reached their first men’s and women’s singles Super Series finals in Iizuka City.

World No. 1 Wagner avenged his loss against South Africa’s Lucas Sithole in the semifinals of April’s SA Open, the second Super Series event of the year, beating the world No. 4 and second seed 61 64.

Later in the day Wagner partnered Canada’s Sarah Hunter to victory in the quad doubles as the top seeds extended their win-loss record as a double partnership 18-1. Hunter and Wagner claimed their sixth title from seven tournaments and their first at Super Series level after edging out Japan’s Shinichi Hirata and Sithole 75 76(4).

Gerard to face Scheffers in men’s singles final

Belgium’s Joachim Gerard will play Dutch top seed Maikel Scheffers in Sunday’s men’s singles final, which is being broadcast via live web stream from Iizuka, after the two players teamed up to win the men’s doubles title.

Second seed Gerard booked a place in his first Super Series singles final when defeating South African eighth seed Evans Maripa 64 60 in his semifinal. World No. 3 Scheffers made lighter work of his semifinal against fellow Dutchman Tom Egberink, powering to a 61 60 win as he continued his bid for a first Japan Open title.

Gerard and Scheffers ended their first tournament as a doubles pairing by winning their first Super Series title together after a confident performance that ended in a 62 62 win over Japanese third seeds Takuya Miki and Satoshi Saida.

Kamiji ends Ellerbrock title defence

Japan’s Yui Kamiji, voted the Female Player of the Year on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour for 2012, claimed her second win of 2013 over a top three ranked player after she ended Sabine Ellerbrock’s Japan Open title defence in the women’s singles.

Nineteen-year-old Kamiji, who ended last season as the world’s No. 1 ranked junior girls’ singles player, looks set to a return to the women’s singles top 10 after bouncing back from winning just one game in the opening set of her semifinal to defeat top seed Ellerbrock 16 64 75 and earn a place in her first Super Series final.

Kamiji will now face world No. 4 Marjolein Buis, the Dutchwoman who missed last week’s World Team Cup to concentrate on her Japan Open bid. Buis reached the Japan Open final for the second successive year after another three set contest, finally overcoming South African third seed Kgothatso Montjane 64 57 63 to repeat her win over Montjane in the final of the SA Open.

After reaching their first Grand Slam doubles final last year at Roland Garros, Ellerbrock and Kamiji later joined forced to win their first Super Series title in just their fourth tournament together. The top seeds edged out second seeds Buis and Montjane in a championship tiebreak to prevail 62 36 (10-5).