Top seed Rafael Medeiros had to overcome a tough challenge from Christophe Royet in Saturday’s all-Brazilian men’s singles semifinals at the Copa Guga Kuerten, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, before eventually setting up a final against second seed Carlos Santos in Florianopolis.
Brazil’s Rejane Candida will face Chile’s Macarena Cabrillana in the women’s singles final.
Medeiros eventually edged out Royet 62 57 75 in the men’s semifinals, but Santos had a much smoother passage into the final after defeating Zilmar Pires 63 62.
Santos has won all six of his previous matches against Medeiros on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, but lost the first set to Medeiros when the two players met in the quarterfinals of the Melbourne Open at the start of the year before going on to win in straight sets in the Brazil Open semifinals in their only other meeting this season.
After her bye into the women’s singles, top seed Candida beat her fellow Brazilian Marisa Ferreira 64 62, while Cabrillana won eight of the last ten games against Katia Santa to win their semifinal 75 62.
The top two seeds will meet in the men’s doubles final, but not before Argentina’s Mario Garcia and Medeiros survived a tense semifinal that was decided in a match tiebreak.
The top seeds eventually beat Jose Carlos Morais and Santos 67(2) 64 (10-4) and will play Pires and Colombia’s Fabio Padilla in Sunday’s final after Pires and Padilla defeated Royet and Adalberto Rodrigues 63 62.
The women’s doubles final will be a straight contest between Candida and Ferreira and Cabrillana and Maria Paz Dias.