21 Jan 2012

Jeremiasz, Sanada and Whiley progress in Sydney

Match Report

Photo: Susan Harris, Tennis AustraliaMichael Jeremiasz (FRA)

Japan's Takashi Sanada and Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain both reached the second Super Series semifinals of their respective careers on Saturday on another highly eventful day at the GIO Sydney International Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Rain washed out the majority of the second morning's play at Sydney Olympic Park, but when the players eventually got on court there were plenty of talking points as former World No. 1 Michael Jeremiasz fended off the latest threat to his unblemished record for the season when he defeated his compatriot and world No. 3 Stephane Houdet 64 63.

Jeremiasz will meet Dutch world No. 4 Ronald Vink in the men's singles semifinals after they met just a few days ago in the Melbourne Open final, with Jeremiasz winning a final set tiebreak. Vink dominated his quarterfinal against French eighth seed Frederic Cattaneo, easing to a 60 61 win.

In the top half of the men's draw Sanada, a semifinalist at the Japan Open, his home Super Series tournament last May, defeated first time Super Series quarterfinalist Marc McCarroll of Great Britain 64 61, while world No. 1 Maikel Scheffers held off a strong first set challenge from world No. 8 Satoshi Saida.  With Sanada having been reached the final of the recent Adelaide Open before taking Jeremiasz to three sets, top seed Scheffers is likely to face another tough match from a Japanese opponent in the last four.

Whiley beats Walraven in three sets as di Toro edges out Buis

Britain's Jordanne Whiley gained her first career victory over Dutch world No. 8 Sharon Walraven in the quarterfinals of the women's singles. Whiley, who reached her first Super Series semifinal at the 2010 British Open, fought back from a set down and had much the better of the second and third sets to record a 36 61 62 victory.

Whiley will now face world No. 1 Esther Vergeer for the second time in just a few days.  Vergeer had a walkover into the Sydney semifinals after world No. 6 Annick Sevenans withdrew from the scheduled quarterfinal with a neck injury.

The much-anticipated contest between world No. 4 Marjolein Buis and world No. 5 Daniela di Toro didn't disappoint, with the Dutchwoman recovering from 5-1 down in the second set to temporarily keep their quarterfinal match alive.  However, di Toro provided the home fans with a boost as she reasserted herself in the deciding set to advance 62 57 63.

However, world No.2 Aniek van Koot had a much more straight forward task in her quarterfinal against world No. 1 ranked junior and women's world No. 9 Yui Kamiji of Japan, the Dutchwoman easing to a 61 61 win.

All four seeds reach quad singles semis

World No. 4 Andrew Lapthorne won the vital break points in his quad singles quarterfinal against Japan's Mitsuteru Moroishi. Lapthorne won 64 64, the exact same score by which the Briton beat Moroishi in their first NEC Tour contest at last year's Japan Open.

Lapthorne will now play world No. 1 David Wagner in the last four, the last match between Lapthorne and Wagner ending with Lapthorne securing his first career victory over the American at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in November. Wagner booked his place in the Sydney semifinals after beating Japan's Shota Kawano 61 61.

The other semifinal also provides a mouth watering contest after world No. 3 Noam Gershony of Israel recorded his second 60 62 victory in successive days.  Gershony eased past John Parfitt to earn a match against another British opponent after world No.2 Peter Norfolk defeated Italy's Marco Innocenti 62 62.

After the rain delay on the second day of competition play went on until late into the night at Sydney Olympic Park as the opening doubles matches were played, with second seeds Martin Legner of Austria and Saida booking one of the first spots in the semifinals along with Dutch third seeds Robin Ammerlaan and Ronald Vink.

Six of the eight quarterfinal partnerships were also decided in the women's doubles, as well as the semifinalists for the quad doubles.