Photo: Bernard PacalinAntony Cotterill (GBR) and Antonio Raffaele (ITA)
Antony Cotterill of Great Britain clinched his fourth ITF 2 Series quad singles and doubles titles during Saturday’s penultimate day of the Open de L’Ile de Re, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as the men’s doubles and women’s doubles titles were also decided.
Sunday’s men’s and women’s singles finals will see the top two seeds go head-to-head as Nicolas Peifer takes on Joachim Gerard and Annick Sevenans plays Christine Schoenn.
After beating fourth seed Thomas Huguenin of France 61 63 in the quad singles semifinals, top seed Cotterill secured his second victory in a month over Italian second seed Antonio Raffaele, beating Raffaele 62 36 63.
Cotterill and Raffaele also justified top seeding to win the quad doubles, winning the final against French second seeds Stephane Erismann and Sebastien Jance 60 64.
Peifer and Gerard to meet in men’s final
Top seed Nicolas Peifer of France and second seed Joachim Gerard of Belgium will meet for the fourth time this season when they contest the men’s singles final.
Gerard has won all three of their matches to date this season, including their third round clash at the recent London 2012 Paraiympic Games, and the second seed moved into the Ile de Re final after edging out third seed Martin Legner of Austria 75 76(6).
After all four seeded players eased into the last four, Peifer also came through a difficult semifinal before seeing off fourth seed Ben Weekes of Australia 63 64.
Peifer will hope to reverse the result of his previous matches against Gerard this year and the result of Saturday’s men’s doubles final after Gerard partnered Legner to beat top seeds Peifer and Weekes 64 62.
Sevenans and Schoenn to contest women’s final
Belgian top seed Annick Sevenans is only contesting the women’s singles at this week’s tournament and the world No. 8 moved comfortably into the final after beating French third seed Pauline Helouin 62 60 in the semifinals.
The other all-French semifinal was a far more tense affair as second seed Christine Schoenn fended off a determined challenge from the less experienced fourth seed Charlotte Famin 75 46 63.
Schoenn has never taken a set off Sevenans in four previous matches, but will hope to improve on that record after missing out in the women’s doubles final.
In the event it was Mieke van Chastelet of the Netherlands and Belgium’s Els Verhoeven who proved to be the surprise package of the women’s doubles after they beat top seeds Emilie Chene and Helouin 63 62 in the semifinals before defeating Sophie Fraioli and Schoenn 64 61 in the final to end French hopes of taking the title.