Busy Weekend of Wheelchair Tennis Concludes

13 Jun 2011 By IPC

France’s Nicolas Peifer and Great Britain’s Lucy Shuker were the big winners at the weekend claiming the Men’s and Women’s Singles titles at the 2011 Slovakia Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Top seed and world No. 4 Peifer eased past second seed Frederic Cattaneo 6-0, 6-2 as an all-French Men's Singles final brought the curtain down on the ITF 2 Series clay court event on Sunday. Peifer's victory gave him his second NEC Tour singles title of 2011.

World No. 8 Shuker completed a successful return the NEC Tour on Saturday when beating fellow Briton Louise Hunt to win the women's singles title in Bratislava.

Shuker, playing her first tournament since January after recovering from injury, beat Hunt 6-2, 6-2 to win her fifth ITF 2 Series title.

Meanwhile Peifer and Cattaneo defeated third seed Laszlo Farkas of Hungary and Poland's Tadeusz Kruszelnicki 6-4, 6-2 to claim the doubles title, having beaten Austria's Martin Legner and Kruszelicki in their respective single semi-finals earlier in the day.

In Olot, Spain, Sweden's Wheelchair Tennis player Stefan Olsson ensured that his name remains the only name on the Men's roll of honour at the third Open Memorial Santi Silvas.

Top seed and world No. 5 Olsson won the Men's Singles title for a third time in Olot, defeating Italian fourth seed Fabian Mazzei 6-1, 6-2.

The Women's Singles final proved to be a lot closer, with German world No. 9 Sabine Ellerbrock pushing top seed and world No. 2 Jiske Griffioen to two tie-breaks. However, for the second day in succession Griffioen won the important points to win the match 7-6(1) 7-6(7) and become the second Dutch winner of the Women's title in three years.