Photo: Antonio CorbiaSabine Ellerbrock (GER)
Joachim Gerard and Frederic Cattaneo will meet in Saturday’s men’s singles final at the Sardinia Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while defending champion Sabine Ellerbrock and former champion Sharon Walraven will contest the women's singles final and Antonio Raffaele will play Sarah Hunter in the quad singles final.
Gerard will face a French opponent in an NEC Tour men’s final for the second successive weekend, having beaten Nicolas Peifer to win last weekend’s Open de L’Ile de Re, after the Belgian top seed defeated fourth seed Ben Weekes of Australia 60 64 in his semifinal at Alghero Tennis Club.
Second seed Cattaneo also dropped just four games in his semifinal as he beat fifth seed Tadeusz Kruszelnicki of Poland 61 63, while later on Friday’s penultimate day of play Cattaneo and Gerard met for the first time this week in the men’s doubles final.
The doubles provided Gerard with the first of two possible titles after he partnered Martin Legner of Austria to beat second seeds Cattaneo and Kruszelnicki 63 64.
Saturday’s two women’s singles finalists were on the same side of the net as they clinched the women’s doubles title after they had comfortably reached the singles final.
World No. 3 Ellerbrock wasted little time in booking her place in the final as the German top seed beat Italian fourth seed Marianna Lauro 61 62, while Walraven also gave up just three games as she defeated Switzerland’s Karin Suter 62 61 to improve on her semifinal berth in 2011. Ellerbrock and Walraven will now meet for the eighth time, with Walraven leading 4-2 in career head-to-heads, although Ellerbrock has won both matches they have played this season.
The duo paired up with great effect to lift the women’s doubles title as they lived up to top seeding to beat Swiss second seeds Suter and Gabriela Buehler 60 63.
With Raffaele and Hunter having already booked their places in the quad singles final during Thursday’s play in Alghero, they will meet for the eighth time in their careers, with Raffaele still in search of his first win over his Canadian opponent.
Sardinia Open Draws, Results and Order of Play