Jul 9, 2013 by

By Stuart Appleby

Top seeds Shingo Kunieda and Stephane Houdet defeated No.2 seeds Frederic Cattaneo and Ronald Vink to win their first wheelchair gentlemen’s doubles title together at Wimbledon.

The Japan-France partnership secured a 6-4, 6-2 victory on Court 12, which added to Houdet’s win in the same competition in 2009.

Given Vink’s pedigree in the event as a three-time champion, the reigning French Open champions played faultlessly throughout and made amends for the 2010 final when they finished as runners-up.

In the third place play-off in the men’s draw, last year’s champions Tom Egberink, of the Netherlands, and France’s Michael Jeremiasz defeated Briton Gordon Reid and his partner Maikel Scheffers in two close sets 6-4, 6-3.

Things went to the form book in the wheelchair women’s doubles as top seeds and defending champions Jiske Griffioen and Aniek Van Koot retained their title. The Dutch duo beat Japan’s Yui Kamiji and Britain’s Jordanne Whiley, a finalist three years ago, 6-4, 7-6 (6).

There was better news for Britain in the third place play-off as three-time finalist Lucy Shuker and her partner, two-time finalist, Marjolein Buis won a tight encounter, 7-5, 7-6 (6), against Sharon Walraven and Sabine Ellerbrock.

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