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Champions Crowned, Norfolk to be New No. 1

September 5, 2010 04:25 PM
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Recaps: Monday  |  Tuesday  |  Wednesday  |  Thursday Friday  |  Saturday
 
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, September 5, 2010 – – The US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships that began with hot temperatures and a full-day of competition canceled due to rain, finished under sunny skies and a large crowd Sunday at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in St. Louis.
 
The world’s No. 1 quad singles player, David Wagner returned to the final he won last year, facing off against the No. 2 player in the world, Peter Norfolk. Wagner is a two-time Paralympic Gold Medalist, but held a 14-27 record against Norfolk coming into the final.
 
The first set went to a tie-breaker, with Norfolk coming out on top, 9-7. Norfolk took early command of the second set, grabbing a 4-0 lead before Wagner seemed to come awake. He fought back, with dozens of fans urging him on with calls of, "Come on, Wags!" He listened. He came back from the four-game deficit to take the second into another tie-breaker. He didn’t let up, winning the breaker 7-3. But the comeback stalled in the third, with Norfolk running away with the title, 6-2. By virtue of the win, and with Wagner not defending his points from last year’s event, Norfolk will become the new No. 1 on Monday.
 
The other two world number ones, Shingo Kunieda and Esther Vergeer successfully defended their singles titles from last year, each winning in straight sets.
 
Kunieda collected his hundredth straight singles victory while in St. Louis, finishing the tournament with 102 consecutive wins. Vergeer, who was honored in a Monday night ceremony six days ago at the US Open in New York, ends the tournament with 393 consecutive singles victories.
 
Kunieda also reached the Men’s Open Doubles Championship, teaming up with Robin Ammerlaan, the man he beat in the singles title-match just hours before. It was a back and forth battle that was decided on just a few points, but Kunieda became the only double-gold winner, claiming the doubles championship with a 6-4, 6-3 victory.
 
The event, one of the stops on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Court was presented by The ROHO Group, based in Belleville, Illinois, and brought the best wheelchair players in the world and nearly a hundred recreational players to St. Louis.
 
 
Full Event Results
Men’s Open Singles
First: Shingo Kunieda (Japan)
Second: Robin Ammerlaan (The Netherlands)
 
Men’s Open Doubles
First: Shingo Kunieda (Japan) / Robin Ammerlaan (The Netherlands)
Second: Maikel Scheffers (The Netherlands) / Ronald Vink (The Netherlands)
 
Women’s Open Singles
First: Esther Vergeer (The Netherlands)
Second: Jiske Griffioen (The Netherlands)
 
Women’s Open Doubles
First: Jiske Griffioen (The Netherlands) / Sharon Walraven (The Netherlands)
Second: Daniela Di Toro (Australia) / Lucy Shuker (Great Britain)
 
Quad’s Open Singles
First: Peter Norfolk (Great Britain)
Second: David Wagner (Hillsboro, Oregon)
 
Quad’s Open Doubles
First: Nick Taylor (Wichita, Kansas) / David Wagner (Hillsboro, Oregon)
Second: Johan Andersson (Sweden) / Anders Hard (Sweden)
 
Quad A Singles
First: Melissa McGuire (Northglenn, Colorado)
Second: Al Hoemann (St. Louis, Missouri)
 
Men’s A Singles
First: David Williams (Sugar Hill, Georgia)
Second: Donald Shapiro (Augusta, Georgia)
Third: Tony Kurtenbach (Omaha, Nebraska)
 
Men’s A Doubles
First: Donald Shapiro (Augusta, Georgia) / David Williams (Sugar Hill, Georgia)
Second: Tony Kurtenbach (Omaha, Nebraska) / Darryl Rahn (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Third: Harlon Matthews (Locust Grove, Georgia) / Jeffery Rush (Clearwater, Florida)
 
Men’s B Singles
First: Danny Quintana (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Second: Jeffery Rush (Clearwater, Florida)
Third: Larry Orr (Salt Lake City, Utah)
 
Men’s B Doubles
First: Mark La Rotonda (Alpharetta, Georgia) / Harold Young (McDonough, Georgia)
Second: Greg Edwards (Woodland Hills, California) / Jerry Newman (Saugus, California)
Third: David Gant (Riviera Beach, Florida) / Larry Orr (Salt Lake City, Utah)
 
Men’s C Singles
First: Chris Pearson (Columbia, South Carolina)
Second: Chris Parnell (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Third: Lucas Stohmenger (Indianapolis, Indiana)
 
Men’s C Doubles
First: Eric Kingery (Lincoln, Nebraska) / Christopher Parnell (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Second: Bradley Mungo (Jefferson, South Carolina) / Chris Pearson (Columbia, South Carolina)
Third: David Hartsek (Lexington, Kentucky) / Lucas C. Strohmenger (Indianapolis, Indiana)
 
Women’s A Singles
First: Marianne Page (Payson, Utah)
Second: Denise Esrey (Grass Valley, California
Third: Beth Redford (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
 
Women’s A Doubles
First: Denise Esery (Grass Valley, California) / Beth Redford (Grand Rapids, Michgan)
Second: Nicole Dulk / Vicky Schmidt (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Third: Marianne Page (Payson, Utah) and Emily Christensen (Sandy, Utah)
 
Senior Doubles:
First: Robert Shapiro (Augusta, Georgia) / Jesse Hinson
Second: Pani Herath (South Miami, Florida) / Oscar Rodriquez (Puerto Rico)
 
 
 
 

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