19 Apr 2008

World's top two to contest Pensacola Open finals

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Shingo Kunieda (JPN), Robin Ammerlaan (NED), Esther Vergeer (NED) and Korie Homan (NED) will contest Sunday's Men's and Women's Main Draw finals at the Pensacola Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after both defending champions saw their challenges end in Saturday's semifinals.

In the Men's Main Draw, world No 2 Ammerlaan had the edge over defending champion Stephane Houdet (FRA) to secure their semifinal 63 64, while world No 1 Shingo Kunieda (JPN) was in peerless form as he saw off sixth seed Martin Legner (AUT) 60 61.

Vergeer was equally efficient in her Women's semifinal, beating sixth seed Mue Yaosa (JPN) 60 61. However, the other semifinal proved much closer as world No 2 Homan aserted late on the first set against fifth seed and defending champion Florence Gravellier (FRA) in a rematch of last years's final. Homan then won the important games in the second set to seal a 75 64 victory, the same score by which she had been beaten by Gravellier a year ago, to take her one ahead of Gravellier at 11-10 in their personal head-to-heads.

Sunday's finals line-up will also include the Quad Main Draw final between David Wagner (USA) and Nick Taylor (USA), as well as the Men's Main Draw and Women's Main Draw Double finals.

The Men's Main Draw Doubles decider will be another Japanese-Dutch contest, with top seeds Kunieda and Satoshis Saida facing second seeds Ammerlaan and Ronald Vink. Meanwhile, Jiske Griffioen and Vergeer will play Homan and Sharon Walraven in an all-Dutch Women's Main Draw Doubles final between the top two seeded pairings.

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Stephane Houdet (FRA), Men's World No 3, blogs from Pensacola