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November 30 • 03:29
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All-Dutch Team of Griffioen and van Koot Claim Ladies' Wimbledon Wheelchair Crown

July 09, 2012
Griffioen and van Koot claim first Grand Slam title

With Griffioen having twice been a semifinalist at Wimbledon in 2009 and 2010 and van Koot also being unable to get beyond the 2010 semifinals before they paired up to reach the 2011 final, the all-Dutch duo finally got themselves on the roll of honour at the third Grand Slam of the season as they dominated British duo Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley.

Griffioen and van Koot won four of the first five points to take the opening game before the rain that has delayed the start of the match briefly took the players off court.

When play restarted the second game went to deuce, but Griffioen and van Koot edged it en route to taking a 4-0 lead as they continued to put pressure on Whiley time and time again.

Whiley found the right angle for the decisive forehand winner in the next game as the Brits got on the scoreboard, but despite van Koot's service game deserting her in the seventh game she came up with an unreturnable serve to clinch the opening set for the Dutch pairing.

After having five break points in the second game of the second set Shuker and Whiley levelled the set at 1-1, but it was the sixth game that was to prove vital as van Koot held serve to give her and Griffioen a 4-2 lead.

It was Whiley's turn to have problems with her service in the next game as Griffioen and van Koot extended their lead to 5-2 and they came from break point down in the final game to seal a 61 62 victory after Shuker over hit a backhand.

"It's an incredible feeling to win our first Grand Slam together and to win my second Slam after I won Roland Garros in 2010 with Dani di Toro," said van Koot. "It's very special to do it at Wimbledon after being so close last year and I had a great doubles partner when I got stressed,"

"I'm very excited," said Griffioen. "We play great together and have fun on court and are good friends, so I'm looking forward to many more times playing together with Aniek in the future."

In the third and fourth play-offs, second seeds and US Open champions Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer of France beat British duo Marc McCarroll and Gordon 61 76, while in the women's event top seeds and Roland Garros champions Esther Vergeer and Marjolein Buis off the Netherlands eased past Annick Sevenans of Belgium and Sharon Walraven of the Netherlands 61 61.

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