Photo: Gregory PicoutStephane Houdet and Michael Jeremiasz (FRA)
The main draw doubles events took centre stage on the third day of the Swiss Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, with the men’s and women’s doubles semifinalists and the quad doubles finalists all being decided.
The first of the week’s semifinals in the quad doubles saw Sweden’s Anders Hard and Marcus Jonsson end the challenge of the second seeds, Britain’s Adam Field and Antonio Raffaele of Italy. Hard and Jonsson secured a 61 60 victory.
The Swedish duo will go on to play American top seeds Bryan Barten and David Wagner in the final after Barten and Wagner also eased to a comfortable win when they defeated Stephane Erismann and Sebastien Jance of France 61 61.
The women’s doubles semifinals will feature two-time Paralympic champions Maaike Smit and Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands. With Smit returning to the one tournament that she has played annually since her last full season on the NEC Tour in 2008, the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 gold medallists defeated Yuka Chokyu of Canada and Parmila Grangier of Switzerland 62 60 in their quarterfinal.
They now go into an intriguing semifinal against British top seeds Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley, who had a bye into the last four alongside second seeds Kanako Domori of Japan and Katharina Kruger of Germany. Domori and Kruger will face Johana Martinez of Colombia and Natalia Mayara of Brazil in their semifinal after the South American duo eased to a 61 61 win over Pauline Helouin of France and Pathy Mortier of Belgium.
All four seeded partnerships are into the men’s doubles semifinals after French top seeds Michael Jeremiasz and Stephane Houdet and Japanese fourth seeds Shingo Kunieda and Satoshi Saida won their quarterfinals without dropping game in the top half of the draw.
The Beijing Paralympic gold and bronze medallists will now play each other for a place in the final.
In the bottom half of the draw the closest of the four quarterfinals ended with fourth seeds Frederic Cattaneo of France and Martin Legner of Austria defeating British duo Alex Jewitt and David Phillipson 64 63.
Second seeds Gordon Reid of Great Britain and Dutchman Maikel Scheffers eased to a 61 62 win over Frederic Cazeaudumec of France and Japan’s Takuya Miki in the other quarterfinal.
The men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals will take place on Friday’s fourth day of play in Geneva.
Order of Play: Friday, 13 July 2012