01 Jun 2012

Fernandez and Reid into Korea Open final

Match Report

Gustavo Fernandez (ARG)

Top seed Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and third seed Gordon Reid of Great Britain reached the men’s singles final on the penultimate day of the Korea Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as all three main draw doubles titles were also decided at the Olympic Park Tennis Centre in Seoul.

Exactly a week on from contesting a tense three set match in the fifth place play-off between Argentina and Great Britain at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup, Fernandez and Reid will go head-to-head once again after world No. 9 Fernandez won his second successive three set match this week to defeat Japanese fifth seed Takashi Sanada 63 36 62 in his semifinal.

In the other semifinal Reid ended the title defence of second seed Satoshi Saida. Earlier this week Reid gained his first world top 10 ranking after Saida dropped two places in the latest rankings and the current world No. 10 beat the world No. 12 63 62 to reach his second ITF 1 Series final.

After beating the top seeds in the semifinals, third seeds Frederic Cattaneo of France and Joachim Gerard of Belgium clinched the men’s doubles title. Cattaneo and Gerard thwarted hopes of a home Korean victory when they beat the unseeded partnership of Sang-Ho Oh of Korea Republic and Japan’s Saida 61 63, while also winning their first doubles title together after only previousy pairing up in the 2008 Doubles Masters.

The women’s doubles final saw British top seeds Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley earn their second ITF 1 Series title together. Shuker and Whiley beat Japanese second seeds Kanako Domori and Yui Kamiji 61 63.

Meanwhile, Jamie Burdekin and Anders Hard claimed the quad doubles title to crown their first-time partnership. The British-Swedish top seeded duo came through a closely-contested final to beat Japan’s Shota Kawano and Luca Sithole 64 63.