24 Mar 2013

Finalists decided at Cajun Classic

Match Report

Photo: William GreinerDavid Wagner (USA)

Former world No. 1 ranked juniors Gustavo Fernandez and Nicolas Peifer will meet for the fifth time in senior competition in Sunday’s men’s singles final at the Cajun Classic, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while Aniek van Koot and Marjolein Buis will contest the all-Dutch women’s singles final and David Wagner and Nicholas Taylor will meet in the all-American quad singles final in Barton Rouge.

Fernandez moved to within one match of back-to-back ITF 1 Series titles on Saturday after repeating his victory over world No. 2 Stephane Houdet of France in last weekend’s Pensacola Open final to end Houdet’s Cajun Classic title defence.

Argentina’s world No. 4 dropped just one more game to Houdet than he did in Pensacola, securing a 62 63 victory to draw level with Houdet in career head-to-heads at three wins apiece.

Meanwhile, Peifer ended second seed Ronald Vink’s bid to reach the final in Baton Rouge for the second year running after the French fourth seed outplayed the Dutchman to seal a 61 60 victory. Peifer and Fernandez will now play each other in Baton Rouge for the third year in succession, with Peifer having won in both 2011 and 2012.

Top seeds Frederic Cattaneo and Houdet will place second seeds Fernandez and Vink n the men’s doubles final. Cattaneo and Houdet’s greater experience saw them through to victory over Canada’s Joel Dembe and Eric Gilbert in the semifinals, with Fernandez and Vink earning a 62 60 victory over the French duo of Peifer and Thomas Vinatier.

Van Koot and Buis to contest women’s final

After her first round exit at the Pensacola Open, world No. 1 van Koot moved to within one match of ending her two American tournaments on a winning note after a comprehensive 61 61 semifinal win over unseeded Chilean Francisca Mardones.

Second seed Buis also looked on course for a comfortable win over South African fourth seed Kgothatso Montjane after dropping just one game in the opening set. However, Buis only held a narrow 4-3 second set advantage when the match was interrupted by rain. Nevertheless, on the resumption of their semifinal Buis clinched eight points without reply to seal a 61 63 victory and set up Sunday’s all-Dutch final.

Buis and van Koot will play Germany’s Katharina Kruger and Montjane in the women’s doubles final after the Dutch partnership recorded a 60 62 semifinal win over Mardones and Willemien Smits of the Netherlands. Kruger and Montjane moved into the final after their scheduled quarterfinal and semifinal opponents were forced to withdraw.

Quad doubles victors Taylor and Wagner to contest singles final

Taylor and Wagner won the first main draw title of the week in Baton Rouge after their second win in a week over Brits Jamie Burdekin and Antony Cotterill in the quad doubles final. Taylor and Wagner will now decide the quad singles titles.

The three-time Paralympic gold medallists and top seeds repeated their Pensacola Open final win over Burdekin and Cotterill, sealing a 61 63 win this time to retain their Cajun Classic title.

Both quad singles semifinals were exact rematches from Pensacola, too, with world No. 1 Wagner beating third seed Burdekin 63 62. However, Taylor had a tougher task after a slow start against South African fourths seed Lucas Sithole before dominating the last two sets for a 16 62 60 victory.