Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands took only 48 minutes Sunday to annex her eighth Florida Open International Wheelchair Tennis women's championship. The 29-year-old Vergeer won her 412th consecutive match, a streak which began in 2003, by beating 20-year-old Aniek Van Koot, also of the Netherlands, 6-1, 6-1.The tournament played at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton is one of six Super Series wheelchair tournaments, the equivalent of a Grand Slam, and is also the USTA National Hardcourt Championships. "I'm proud of the streak. It's also fun but it's not that I feel pressure to keep the streak," Vergeer said. "I don't feel the pressure anymore. The match may have looked easy but it's never easy."
Van Koot reached the Florida Open final for the second straight year. "I'm pleased with that," said Van Koot, who is 0-13 against Vergeer. "I played better against her today than I did the last time. I had nothing to lose. You need tactics against Esther and I can't really do that."
Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands and Peter Norfolk of Great Britain also won Florida Open titles Sunday.
Scheffers, who lives in the same Dutch town as Vergeer and practices with her regularly, beat second-seeded Stephane Houdet of France, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. "I went into the second set feeling confident," said the fifth-seeded Scheffers. "I knew I had to be aggressive and take the first two games of the third set and I did. It was a high level match for both of us." It was a rematch of the 2009 final when Houdet won.
Second-seeded Norfolk won his sixth Florida Open quad division title as he beat unseeded Noam Gershony of Israel, 6-2, 6-3. Gershony, in only his second year on the wheelchair tour, upset top-seeded and No. 1 world ranked David Wagner of San Diego in the opening round. "It's exciting that we have some new players coming up in the quad division," Norfolk said. "Gershony is a player to watch." Norfolk used his accurate backhand slices to baffle Gershony. "I didn't serve particularly well except when I had to," Norfolk said.