Shingo Kunieda celebrates his 100th straight win.
© Richard Dedor
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, September 3, 2010 – The first awards were handed out at a blustery Dwight Davis Tennis Center at the US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships, an ITF Super Series event on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
Melissa McGuire (Northglenn, Colorado) won the round-robin in the Quad A division over St. Louis resident Al Hoemann. It is the second year in a row Hoemann has placed second. As a USTA National Championship, gold, silver and bronze balls are awarded to first, second and third place finishers in every division.
The doubles team of Marianne Page (Payson, Utah) and Beth Redford (Grand Rapids, Michigan) claimed third-place in the Women’s A Doubles division, earning a USTA bronze ball.
At the conclusion of the night match which featured some of the best quad doubles players in the world, longtime Confluence Sports activist, Lyn Gerber was honored with the Triumph of the Human Spirit Award.
The biggest news of the day belonged to Japanese players Shingo Kunieda and Satoshi Saida. Kunieda completed his run towards 100-straight singles match victories with his straight-set win over the seventh-seeded Nicolas Peifer. He was presented the official scorecard as well as the match-balls in honor of his historic mark.
Saida made a splash in the bottom half of the Men’s Open draw that was made wide open yesterday with the defeat of the No. 2 seed. Saida, the No. 8 seed took advantage of the opening in the draw, advancing to the semifinal by defeating the No. 3 seed Stephane Houdet of France, 7-5, 6-3.
The event, presented by The ROHO Group, based in Belleville, Illinois, has brought the best wheelchair players in the world to St. Louis. Play begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Men’s Open semifinal matches go on at 10 a.m., the QUAD semifinal matches go on at 11 a.m., the Women’s Open Doubles final goes on at 1 p.m. and the Quad Open Doubles final will follow.
Tickets are available for purchase at the gate for $5. There are also other items for sale, including an Official US Open USTA Wheelchair Championship teddy bear, autographed bears and goody bags with a t-shirt.
Quad A Singles
First: Melissa McGuire (Northglenn, Colorado)
Second: Al Hoemann (St. Louis, Missouri)
Women’s A Doubles
First: *to be decided Saturday*
Second: *to be decided Saturday*
Third: Marianne Page (Payson, Utah) and Beth Redford (Grand Rapids, Michigan)