A week on from beating Dutchman Maikel Scheffers at the British Open, Joachim Gerard provided plenty for the home supporters to get excited about on the third day of the Belgian Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, when he upset second seed Stefan Olsson to reach the men’s singles semifinals.
Seventh seed Gerard beat world No. 5 Olsson 64 61 to book his place in the semifinals against fourth seed and world No. 6 Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina after the Japan Open champion eased past Austria’s Martin Legner 61 61.
The all-Dutch and all-French quarterfinals in the top half of the draw went according to form as world No. 4 Ronald Vink defeated world No. 9 Robin Ammerlaan 62 62.
Defending champion Vink will face third seed Nicolas Peifer of France in his semifinal after Peifer dominated his quarterfinal to beat his fellow Frenchman Frederic Cattaneo 61 61.
Top four seeds reach women's semifinals
There were no upsets in the women’s singles quarterfinals, although there will also be Belgian representation in the last four after third seed Annick Sevenans eased to a 61 61 win over eighth seed Louise Hunt of Great Britain.
The closest of the women’s quarterfinals saw Australian fourth seed Daniela di Toro win the big points amid a determined effort from Dorrie Timmermans of the Netherlands. Former world No. 1 di Toro eventually won 63 64 and will now face last year’s runner-up and top seed Sabine Ellerbrock, who dropped just one game to her fellow German sixth seed Katharina Kruger of Germany.
Sevenans will play Dutch second seed Marjolein Buis in her semifinal after Buis won the last two games of her quarterfinal to hold off 2010 Belgian Open champion Lucy Shuker of Great Britain 61 75.
Wagner and Barten set for all-American quad semi
There will be an American player in the quad singles final after defending champion David Wagner and Bryan Barten both won their semifinals against Swedish opponents.
Between them they won three sets without dropping a game as fourth seed Barten eased past Petter Edstrom 60 60, while Wagner had a tougher time in the second set of his quarterfinal against Marcus Jonsson before closing out a 60 76(2) victory.
There was better fortune for Sweden in the bottom half of the draw as third seed Anders Hard defeated Italy’s Antonio Raffaele 64 63. Hard plays second seed Lucas Sithole of South Africa for a place in the final after Sithole ended the challenge of young Briton Ian Payne 61 62.
Belgian Open Draws
Order of Play: Friday, 27 July 2012