16 Mar 2012

Kruger cruises through as Lauro edges Koosz

Match Report

Italy’s Marianna Lauro moved into the women’s singles semi-finals on the second day of the Bavarian Indoor Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after defeating Austria’s Henriett Koosz in the undoubted match of the day in Nuremberg.

Lauro prevailed 63 63 63 against Koosz, who had beaten French second seed Christine Schoenn on the first day of play at the ITF 2 Series tournament. Another intriguing contest is in store in the semi-finals as Lauro takes on Dutchwoman Dorrie Timmermans.

Timmermans, who decided at the end of 2011 to concentrate her future in the sports on the women’s singles and doubles rather than the quad singles and doubles, in which she has enjoyed most of her career success, secured her second victory in successive tournaments over Britain’s Louise Hunt to reac the last four.

Timmermans beat third seed Hunt 63 64, having also beaten the Briton in the quarterfinals of the recent Northern Counties Tournament

In the top half of the women’s draw there is guaranteed to be a German finalist. Top seed Katharina Kruger got her title challenge off to a fine start as she eased past Turkey’s Ebru Bulgurcu 60 60, while Bianca Osterer clinched a hard won 64 64 victory over former world top 10 ranked Canadian Yuka Chokyu.

Top four seeds reach men's semifinals

All four seeds reached the men’s semifinals. Top seed Tom Egberink had a tough opening set against David Dalmasso of France, but went on to win 64 62, setting up a semifinal against another Frenchman, fourh seed Frederic Cazeaudumec. Cazeaudumec has few problems as he defeated Hungary’s Laszlo Farkas 61 62.

Like Egberink, second seed Martin Legner had a closely fought opening set in his quarterfinal against sixth seed Lahcen Majdi of France, but Legner also went on to dominate the second set to secure a 64 61 victory. Legner will face a tough semifinal against third seed Joachin Gerard of Belgium after Gerard confidently won his quarterfinal against Poland’s Piotr Jaroszewski 62 62.

The opening day of action in the quad singles brought mixed fortunes for Germany’s Markus and Maximilian Laudan.

Markus Laudan took top seed Takahiro Laudan close, but the Japanese player prevailed 64 64. However, Maximillian Laudan largely dominated his quarterfinal against Austria’s Peter Tatschl to win 62 62.

Koga will face another young German player in the semifinals, when he takes on Nick Nobbe, while Maximilian Laudan faces second seed Konstantin Donsky.