29 Jun 2012

Buis and Griffioen edge into French Open semis

Match Report

Jiske Griffioen (NED)

The two quarterfinals in the bottom half of the women’s singles draw produced thrilling contests as Marjolein Buis and Jiske Griffioen won through to meet each other in the semifinals of the French Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, for the second year running.

The fourth day of play in Antony also saw fifth seed Stefan Olsson of Sweden defeat Dutch third seed Ronald Vink in the men’s quarterfinals, while Israel’s Noam Gershony and Britain’s Jamie Burdekin reached the quad singles final.

Buis’s chances of reaching the women’s singles final for the second successive year looked to be in jeopardy when she dropped the first set of her quarterfinal to British seventh seed Lucy Shuker. However, although Shuker continued to press the Dutch world No. 5, Buis eventually edged through 36 36 64.

Griffioen also had a tough time against fifth seed Annick Sevenans of Belgium, but again one the big points to secure a 75 26 64 victory and set up an all-Dutch semifinal.

The quarterfinals in the top half of the draw both produced straight sets victories as defending champion and top seed Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands eased to a 61 62 victory over Japanese eighth seed Yui Kamiji.

Meanwhile, having gone to three sets with South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane several times in past contests , world No. 4 Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany dominated their latest meeting to progress to the semifinals 60 60.

There was better news for Montjane and Sevenans in the women’s doubles semifinals as the fourth seeds bounced back from a slow start to beat British second seeds Shuker and Jordanne Whiley. Montjane and Sevenans will play top seeds Griffioen and van Koot in Saturday’s final. 

Burdekin reaches first Super Series final

Burdekin reached his first quad singles main draw final at Super Series level after beating Israel’s Boaz Kramer 6-1, 6-1 in his semifinal.

However, hopes of an all-British final were dashed after second seed and world No. 3 Noam Gershony of Israel defeated third seed and world No. 4 Andy Lapthorne 64 60 in the other semifinal.

Saturday’s quad doubles final will also have British and Israeli players on either side of the net as top seeds Lapthorne and Peter Norfolk take on second seeds Gershony and Kramer.

Olsson eases to quarterfinal victory over Vink

Two-time NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters champion Olsson beat Dutch third seed Vink for the first time since 2009 as he reached the men’s singles semifinals. World No. 5 Olsson earned a 64 61 victory and will now play world No. 2 Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands, who secured a commanding 60 60 win over unseeded Briton David Phillipson.

In the top half of the draw world No. 1 Stephane Houdet was taken to three sets by fellow Frenchman Michael Jeremiasz, but Houdet proved the stronger in the final set as he prevailed 64 46 62 to set up a semifinal against defending champion Shingo Kunieda of Japan, who defeated British eighth seed Gordon  Reid 64 61.

There was a thrilling conclusion to the all-Dutch men’s doubles seminal between second seeds Robin Ammerlaan and Vink and third seeds Tom Egberink and Scheffers, but Ammerlaan and Vink snatch victory by the narrowest of margins as they took a final set tiebreak to win 46 61 76(5).

Ammerlaan and Vink will play Houdet and Jeremiasz in the final after the French top seeds beat Japanese duo Kunieda and Takuya Miki 63 63.

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