Vergeer Seals 11th NEC Masters Crown

18 Nov 2008 By IPC

World No 1 Esther Vergeer (NED) continued her NEC Wheelchair Tennis Singles Masters dominance against compatriot Korie Homan in the women's final in Amsterdam on 16 November. Anticipation was high for this year's final at Frans Otten Stadium after Vergeer faced her first match point in five and a half years against 22-year-old Homan in the women's gold medal match at the Beijing Paralympics in September.

As the best two women players in the world went head to head for the NEC Masters title, Vergeer won the first set 6-2 with both players hitting well from the back of the court, exchanging topspin backhands and driving forehands.

Homan fought back in the second set, playing with precision and power to level the final at one set all. In the deciding set it was Vergeer who dominated proceedings and the 27-year-old defending champion clinched the NEC Masters crown for the 11th time 6-2, 3-6 and 6-0. Homan finishes as runner-up to Vergeer in Amsterdam for the second successive year. The third place play-off in the women's singles was won by Jiske Griffioen (NED), who dropped just one game to the only non-Dutch player in the last four, Florence Gravellier (FRA).

In the men’s final world No 6 Stefan Olsson (SWE) beat reigning champion Robin Ammerlaan (NED) to win the NEC Masters men's singles title on his debut. The 21-year-old Swede becomes the youngest winner of the men's singles titles at the NEC Masters. Olsson, who had beaten the entire world's top 10 players apart from world No 1 Shingo Kunieda (JPN) before coming to Amsterdam, avenged Thursday's straight sets defeat by Ammerlaan in their round robin group to clinch a 6-3, 4-6 and 6-3 victory. It was Olsson's second victory of the season over Ammerlaan, having beaten the world No 2 in the semifinals of the World Team Cup in Italy in June, and the Swede also ended Ammerlaan's run of three successive NEC Masters title.

Meanwhile, Maikel Scheffers (NED) gave the home Dutch crowd something to cheer in the opening men's match of the final day at Frans Otten Stadium as he finished third following a 6-3, 6-3 victory over world No 4 Stephane Houdet (FRA).

The 2008 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Singles Masters took place from 12-16 November at Frans Otten Stadium in Amsterdam.