Photo: Fundacion Tommy Robredo (Anna Diago)Sabine Ellerbrock (GER)
Sabine Ellerbrock and Sharon Walraven will contest Saturday’s women’s singles final at the 4th Open Memorial Santi Silvas, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while the four seeded players have reached the men’s singles semifinals in Olot, Girona, Spain.
After Dorrie Timmermans-van Hall had upset Chile’s Maria Antonieta Ortiz 57 64 (10-5), the Dutch former world top 10 quad singles player provided a decent challenge for German top seed Ellerbrock in the women’s singles semifinals, but world No. 4 Ellerbrock eventually progressed to her fifth final of 2012 after a 63 62 victory.
Elena Jacinto won the battle of the Spanish players in the women’s singles quarterfinals to beat Barbara Vidal 60 63, but Jacinto found second seed Sharon Walraven a different proposition as the Dutch world No. 10 advanced 62 63.
Spain’s Martin Varela had completed the men’s quarterfinal line-up on Thursday’ second day of play after beating Sweden’s Niclas Rodhborn 60 75 and Varela launched strong challenge in the first set of his semifinal against Argentinean second seed Agustin Ledesma, but Ledesma won eight games in succession to close out a 75 60 victory.
Ledesma faces fourth seed Fabian Mazzei in the semifinals after the Italian former finalist thwarted any prospects of an all-Argentinean contest in the last four when he won the points that mattered to defeat Ezequiel Casco 63 63.
The closest of all the men’s quarterfinals saw French third seed Frederic Cazeaudumec edge out fifth seed Daniel Pellegrina of Switzerland 76(4) 64. However, the remaining quarterfinal was won in contrasting fashion as defending champion Stefan Olsson beat his fellow Swede Dan Wallin 60 60.
Mazzei and Wallin upset the all-Swedish top seeded pairing of Olsson and Niclas Rodhborn 62 64 to reach the men’s doubles final, in which they will play the second seeds, Spain’s Alvaro Illobre and Ledesma. Illobre and Ledesma ended the progress of Juan Gutierrez Mosquera and Juan Rodriguez, who had won the match of the week so far to reach the doubles semifinals, but the second seed won eight of the last nine games to win the last four contest 75 61.
Jacinto and Ortiz won the right to take on top seeds Ellerbrock and Walraven in the women’s doubles final after defeating Timmermans-van Hall and Vidal 62 63.
Away from the on-court competition, the Tommy Robredo Foundation hosted another wheelchair sports clinic on the third day of action in Olot.