Shingo Kunieda of Japan and Jiske Griffioen of the Netherlands won their first NEC Masters men's singles and women's singles titles, beating Maikel Scheffers and Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands respectively.
The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters was initiated in 1994 to honour the top players who have shown dedication and professionalism to the sport, and forms the climax to the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, that in 2012 featured approximately 170 events in more than 40 countries. In the men’s and women’s events, eight players compete in two round-robin groups, with the top two players in each group reaching the semifinals. In the quad event, four players compete in one round-robin group, with the top two players contesting the final.
Shingo Kunieda (JPN) (3) d. Maikel Scheffers (NED) (2) 62 46 62
Jiske Griffioen (NED) (4) d. Aniek van Koot (1) 64 64
MEN’S 3RD PLACE PLAY-OFF
Stephane Houdet (FRA) (1) d. Stefan Olsson (SWE) 26 61 63
WOMEN’S 3RD PLACE PLAY-OFF
Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) (2) d. Marjolein Buis (NED) (3) 36 62 64
How to play from the baseline
The expression “to endure the rally” is about those indeterminate moments of a rally where none of the players is leading.
The ability to endure the rally is fundamental when you play a “long rally”, because it offers you the chance to measure your opponent’s strong points and vulnerabilities, besides letting you position as best as possible for your next offensive shot.