08 Jan 2013

Men's semifinalists decided in Adelaide

Match Report

Photo: Roy Smilijanic PhotographyGordon Reid (GBR)

Austria’s Thomas Mossier upset Ben Weekes of Australia on Tuesday to reach the men’s singles semifinals at the Be Active Adelaide Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while the top seeds made comfortable progress.

Former world No. 23 Mossier, who has risen eight places to No. 53 in this week’s world rankings after reaching the quarterfinals at last week’s Queensland Open, fought back from the verge of defeat to speed through the final set and earn a 46 76 60 win over a struggling Weekes, the runner-up in Brisbane last week, who had to pull out of his later doubles match.

Mossier will face world No. 9 Gordon Reid in the semifinals after the British top seed started his 2013 season in the best possible way with a 60 60 win over Germany’s Steffen Sommerfeld.

Mossier’s victory over Weekes means that there will be tow Austrian players in the last four after second seed Martin Legner, the Queensland Open champion, eased past Australia’s Jerry Markoja for the second week in succession.

Legner beat Markoja 61 60 and comes up against Australia’s Adam Kellerman in his bid to reach his second final of the year after Kellerman narrowly avoided being taken to a third and deciding set by Korea Republic’s Sam-Ju Kim. Kellerman eventually secured a 60 76 win.

Ellerbrock, Park remain unbeaten in women's singles

Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock secured her second 60 60 win in successive days in Adelaide after defeating Australia’s Janel Manns in the second set of round-robin matches in the women’s singles.

However, Manns had more success against fellow Australian Sarah Calati, earning a 67 61 62 win, while Calati endured her third loss of the week against another fellow countrywoman, Luba Josevski, who won their contest 60 64.

Korea Republic’s Ju-Yeon Park maintained her unbeaten record this week after beating Josevski 62 60