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Gershony wins British Open Quad Singles title



July 22, 2012
In the quad singles final Gershony made a slow start and a string of double faults in the second game allowed first-time British Open finalist Jamie Burdekin of Great Britain to draw level at 1-1 before taking a narrow 2-1 lead after a strong service game.

However, a solid service game from Gershony allowed him to take a 5-3 lead and after seeing four set points disappear the world No. 3 finally took the set with a backhand winner on his fifth set point.

Gershony broke to love to take a 3-1 lead in the second set and after a string of deuces in the sixth game of the set he maintained his lead to make it 4-2 before completing a sequence of three games in succession to seal a 63 62 victory and his third Super Series title after also winning the Sydney Internatonal and the BNP Paribas French Open..

"My game is not based on power and aggression, it is based on accuracy and putting the ball where he is not," said Gershony. " So I played well today and went into the net more times than I can remember in any other match, so I am very happy with the way I've played all week and have given myself lots of confidence for the Paralympics. But I hope I don't get drawn against Jamie as he has improved a lot over the last few months."

The first of the men's singles semifinals saw Reid race out of the blocks and into a 4-0 lead against 2010 runner-up and world No. 4 Ronald Vink. Although Vink fought back to make it 5-3, and despite Reid never having gone beyond the quarterfinals of a Super Series event before, the unseeded British player remained in command to complete a 63 62 victory.

"I'm pretty buzzing at the moment," said Reid. "It was another big result for me and I'm really happy with my performance as well. I had a good warm up this morning and started really well. I knew I'd have to return well and serve well, because he's a strong server and I tried to play to his backhand as much as I could because he's got one of the best forehands in the game.

"There's no pressure on me tomorrow against Shingo. I've already played him a couple of times this year and had set points in one of those."

In the other men's semifinal 2007, 2008 and 2009 British Open champion Shingo Kunieda eased to a 61 61 win over Michael Jeremiasz of France.

"I'm very happy with my performance, I played aggressively today he made some mistakes. I am looking forward to playing Gordon. I've played him two times this year and so I think I know how to play him now."

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