Jeremiasz Defeats Scheffers in Sydney Final

24 Jan 2012
Michael Jeremiasz

Michael Jeremiasz of France

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Michael Jeremiasz secured the third Super Series title of his career when he beat world No. 1 Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands for the second time this year in Monday’s men’s singles final at the GIO Sydney International Open.

Former world No. 1 Jeremiasz, who defeated Scheffers in three sets in the first round of the Melbourne Open earlier this year, gained a straight sets victory this time, wrapping up a 6-4,6-3 win to earn his first Super Series title since the 2005 US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships.

The Frenchman is now unbeaten in 17 straight matches and is set to return to the world’s top 10 for the first time since April 2010 when he suffered a series of injury interruptions.

Vergeer and Gershony win

World No. 1 Esther Vergeer eased to the women’s singles title, while reigning NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters champion and world No. 3 Noam Gershony of Israel won his first Super Series quad singles title.

Esther Vergeer goes into this week’s Australian Open Wheelchair Championships having dropped just four games out of seven matches this season after she beat her compatriot and world No. 2 Aniek van Koot 6-0, 6-1 in the women’s singles final in Sydney.

Third seed Gershony, who was contesting his third Super Series final after finishing runner-up to Peter Norfolk at the Florida Open and runner-up to David Wagner at the Japan Open last season, ensured the best possible start to 2012 when he

edged out American world No. 1 Wagner 6-4, 6-3.

Dutch pairs triumph

Third seeds Robin Ammerlaan and Ronald Vink of the Netherlands collected the men’s doubles title. They defeated French top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 6-2, 6-3 in the semi-finals before facing fourth seeds Jeremiasz and Stefan Olsson of Sweden in the final and replicated the same convincing score.

In the women’s doubles final, Canada’s Yuka Chokyu and Kanako Domori provided stern resistance, but Dutch pair Marjolein Buis and Aniek van Koot eventually gained a hard won 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory.

After going head-to-head in the quad singles, Gershony and Wagner paired up to complete victory in the quad doubles, the top seeds defeating the all-British second seeds Jamie Burdekin and Andrew Lapthorne, 6-1, 6-4.

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