16 Mar 2013

Semifinal line-ups completed at Pensacola Open

Match Report

Nicolas Peifer (FRA)

Three of last year’s four men's singles semifinalists will again contest the last four on Saturday at the Pensacola Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, with the women’s doubles and quad doubles titles also scheduled to be decided on the penultimate day of play at the Roger Scott Tennis Centre.

With the line-ups for the women’s singles and quad singles semifinals already set, top seed Stephane Houdet kept his men’s singles title defence on course when the world No. 2 defeated Australia’s Adam Kellerman 62 63.

Both the semifinals in the top half of the men’s draw pitched French players against Australian players and fourth seed Nicolas Peifer’s victory over Australian eighth seed Adam Kellerman means that Sunday’s final will feature a French player.

Third seed Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina ensured that Houdet and Peifer would be the only French semifinalists after defeating sixth seed Frederic Cattaneo 62 63. The world No. 5 will now play second seed Ronald Vink for a place in the final after world No. 4 Vink eased past fellow Dutchman Tom Egberink 62 60.

Top seeds Sharon Walraven and Yui Kamiji booked their place in the women’s doubles final after the Dutch-Japanese pairing beat Brazil’s Rejane Candida and Natalia Mayara. Walraven and Kamiji will play Germany’s Katharina Kruger and Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa in the final after the second seeds beat Colombia’s Angelica Bernal and Johana Martinez.

With three Brits in the quad doubles semifinals, Jamie Burdekin and Antony Cotterill beat second seeds Adam Field and American Greg Hasterok in a final set tiebreak.

Burdekin and Cotterill will play American defending champions and top seeds Nick Taylor and David Wagner In the final after the three-time Paralympic gold medallists eased through their semifinal against Canadian duo Adrian Dieleman and Gary Luker 61 61.

Order of Play - Saturday, 16 March 2013