Tom Egberink of the Netherlands won his fourth men’s singles title on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour and his third at ITF 2 Series level on Saturday after Poland’s Tadeusz Kruszelnicki was forced to retire during the first set of their Wroclaw Cup final.
Top seed Egberink left second seed Kruszelnicki 3-1 in the opening set when the Polish player had to pull out due to an arm injury.
Egberink added the men’s singles title to the men’s doubles title he won on the penultimate day of play with Kruszelnicki as his partner and completed a Dutch doubles after his compatriot Dorrie Timmermans-van Hall had already secured the women's singles title.
Egberink and Kruszelnicki into Wroclaw final
Top seed Tom Egberink and second seed Tadeusz Kruszelnicki will contest Saturday’s men’s singles final at the Wroclaw Cup, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, to bring this week’s ITF 2 Series even in Poland to an end after the Dutch and Polish players paired up to win the men’s doubles and Dorrie Timmermans-van Hall won the women’s singles title during Friday’s penultimate day of competition.
British top seed Louise Hunt and second seed Timmerman-van-Hall both dropped just four games apiece as they eased into the women’s singles final, but it was the Dutch player who proved much the stronger as she clinched her second title of 2012 61 61.
In the men’s singles, seventh seed Albin Batycki produced the biggest upset of the tournament when he made a tremendous comeback to beat his fellow Pole and third seed Piotr Jaroszewski 26 63 61. With three of the four quarterfinalists in the bottom of the draw coming from Poland, Batycki’s challenge ended when Kruszelnicki eased through their semifinal 62 60.
Meanwhile, Egberink defeated fourth seed Steffen Sommerfeld of Germany 62 63 to reach his fifth NEC Tour final of 2012 and Egberink will now face Kruszelnicki for the eighth time and the fifth time this season. Egberink’s only loss to Kruszelnicki came in 2011, but three of their four matches so far this year have gone to three sets, suggesting that Saturday’s final will provide and enthralling contest.
Egberink and Kruszelnicki have already combined to win the men’s doubles title after the top seeds beat the all-Polish second seeds Kamil Fabisiak and Jaroszewski 61 61.
Wroclaw Cup Draws