16 Mar 2012

Kruger, Egberink, Koga among Bavarian finalists

Match Report

Dutch top seed Tom Egberink and defending champion Joachim Gerard of Belgium will go head-to-head in the men’s singles final at the Bavarian Indoor Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while Katharina Kruger will hope to continue where he German compatriot Sabine Ellerbrock left off in the 2011 women’s singles final when she takes on Italy’s Marianna Lauro in Nuremberg.

Egberink was one point away from establishing a set and 4-0 lead over French fourth seed Frederic Cazeaudumec in the men’s main draw semifinals. However, Cazeaudumec, fought back to snatch the game and the second set before Egberink eventually dominated the deciding set to prevail 64 67(2) 61, leaving the Frenchman to exit in the last four for the second successive year.

Gerard had no such problems as youth won the day in the other semifinal and the third seed eased past veteran Austrian second seed Martin Legner 61 62.

In the women’s singles both finalists came from behind in the last four to reach the title decider at the ITF 2 Series tournament.

Top seed Kruger led her fellow German and fourth seed Bianca Osterer 46 63 3-1 when Osterer was forced to retire, Lauro continued her solid form this week when she recovered from a slow start against Dutchwoman Dorrie Timmermans to prevail 36 61 62.

Japanese top seed Takahiro Koga eased into the quad singles final after defeating Germany’s Nick Nobbe 61 63, while the host nation gained another finalist when Maximilian Laudan dominated the other quad semifinal to beat Konstantin Donsky 62 60.

Egberink gained the first of two possible titles when he partnered Cazeaudumec to win the men’s doubles. The top seeds clinched a hard won 63 16 63 victory over all-French second seeds David Dalmasso and Lahcen Majd.

Meanwhile, Kruger will now aim for her second title of the week after partnering Britain’s Louise Hunt to win the women’s doubles. The top seeds defeated Osterer and Timmermans 64 61 to land the spoils.

Koga will also go in search of a brace of titles after partnering Austria’s Peter Tatschl to win the quad doubles. The duo overcame Laudan and Nobbe 63 63.