Photo: Philippe BuissinAnnick Sevenans (BEL)
Belgium's world No. 7 Annick Sevenans beat Dutch world No. 2 Aniek van Koot for just the fourth time in NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour competition when she made a remarkable recovery to win their women's singles quarterfinal on the third day of the Florida Open in Boca Raton.
World No. 3 Jiske Griffioen also needed three sets before the Dutchwoman also reached the women's semifinals, while world No. 5 Nicolas Peifer of France beat Argentina's Gustavo Fernandez in three set as all four top seeds reach the men's singles and quad singles semifinals.
Van Koot dominated the early stages of her quarterfinal against Sevenans, but the sixth seed took the last two games of a tense second set en route to sealing a 16 75 63 victory and her first win over van Koot since the 2011 Cajun Classic, just over a year ago.
World No. 4 Marjolein Buis also had a tough time in her last eight match against Australian eighth seed and former world No. 1 Daniela di Toro, but won the crucial points to prevail 76(3) 63.
German fifth seed Sabine Ellerbrock pushed world No. 3 Jiske Griffioen to a deciding set after also wining the last two games in the second set of their quarterfinal, but Griffioen had the upper hand in the decider to move into the last four 62 57 62.
Griffioen faces world No. 1 Esther Vergeer in the semifinals. Vergeer beat young Japanese world No. 6 Yui Kamiji without dropping a game in semifinals of last week’s Pensacola Open, but Kamiji had more success in their quarterfinal in Boca Raton before Vergeer sealed her 62 63 victory.
Peifer edges past Fernandez
The clash between former world No. 1 ranked junior and current men’s world No. 5 Nicolas Peifer and Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez, the player that currently sits atop the junior rankings, produced a highly competitive men's singles quarterfinal that Australian Open finalist Peifer eventually took 62 57 64.
The line up for the men’s semifinals is exactly the same as it was for last week’s Pensacola Open, which the means the final is guaranteed to be a Dutch-French contest on Sunday.
Fourth seed Peifer will play world No. 2 Stephane Houdet in the semifinals after Houdet repeated his Pensacola Open quarterfinal victory over his fellow Frenchman Michael Jeremiasz. Jeremiasz’s unbeaten run of 20 matches earlier this season seemed a long way away as Houdet won their quarterfinal in Boca Raton 61 64.
Meanwhile, world No. 1 Maikel Scheffers held off a strong early challenge from unseeded Swede Peter Vikstrom to win their last eight contest at the top of the draw 76(2) 63. Third seed and world No. 4 Ronald Vink set up the all-Dutch semifinal after winning the points that mattered to defeated Japan’s world No. 9 Satoshi Saida 63 64.
Top four seeds ease into quad semifinals
There will be an all-British semifinal in the quad singles after Peter Norfolk maintained his Florida Open title defence with a 62 61 victory over South Africa’s Lucas Sithole.
World No. 4 Andrew Lapthorne also beat his countryman Jamie Burdekin 62 63 in their quarterfinal and will now bid for a first career win over Norfolk.
The other semifinal will also be a mouth watering contest between world No. 2 David Wagner and world No. 3 Noam Gershony. Wagner gained the most comfortable victory in the four quarterfinals when he eased past fellow American Nick Taylor 60 60. Meanwhile, Gershony also dominated his quarterfinal to beat American world No. 9 Bryan Barten 63 60, but after the Israeli beat Wagner in the second round of the 2011 Florida Open there will be plenty to play for in Saturday’s semifinals.
The first of the main draw doubles finals line-ups has been decided, with Dutch fourth seeds Tom Egberink set to take on second seeds Houdet and Peifer of France.
Egberink and Scheffers denied their compatriots and top seeds Robin Ammerlaan and Vink a place in the final after edging their semifinal 75 63.
Houdet and Peifer clinched their semifinal 63 62 against third seeds Jeremiasz and Saida.