Photo: Jeanna CourterJu-Yeon Park (KOR)
Two of the top four seeds exited the women’s singles on the second day of the Atlanta Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as the semi-finalists were decided, along with the quad doubles finalists.
Four-times an ITF 1 Series semifinalist in her own country, Korea Republic’s Ju-Yeon Park reached the last four in Atlanta after making a tremendous recovery against Dutch third seed Sharon Walraven. Park fought back to beat Walraven 16 62 64, earning just her second victory over Walraven in 11 matches.
There was another upset in the seeding as fifth seed Jordanne Whiley beat Germany’s Katharina Kruger at the quarterfinal stage for the second successive year. Whiley eased to a 62 62 win over Kruger, ending any prospect of an all-German semifinal after top seeds Sabine Ellerbrock booked her place in the last four. Ellerbrock faces Whiley for place in the final after beating USA’s Emmy Kaiser 64 61.
An all-British final is still a possibility after 2012 runner-up Lucy Shuker beat sixth seed Francisca Mardones of Chile 60 61 in the bottom half of the women’s draw. Shuker will now play Park.
Saida joins top three seeds in men’s semis
Japan’s Satoshi Saida took his unbeaten tally for 2013 to sixth matches as he ended fourth seed Ben Weekes’s challenge in the men’s singles quarterfinals. Saida eased to a 61 61 win over the Australian to earn a semifinal against current world No. 4 Maikel Scheffers. The Dutchman found the blustery conditions difficult during his quarterfinal against Brazilian eighth seed Carlos Santos, but still managed to hold on for a 63 75 victory.
Third seed Michael Jeremiasz found himself involved in a tough opening set against fifth seed Marc McCarroll, but the French former ITF World Champion pulled away in the second set to seal a 76(4) 60 win. Jeremiasz now has another British opponent after second seed Gordon Reid came through his quarterfinal against seventh seed Yoshinobu Fujimoto of Japan 62 64.
Cotterill continues to impress in quad singles
Antony Cotterill claimed his second victory against a higher ranked player in successive days to reach what will be only his second ITF 1 Series quad singles semifinal. A day after beating world No. 8 Bryan Barten, Cotterill edged out world No. 9 Greg Hasterok 75 76(5) and will now face his third opponent from the USA when he takes on world No. 1 David Wagner.
Defending champion Wagner eased through his quarterfinal against Francois Trawalter 60 60.
World No. 2 Andy Lapthorne and world No. 3 Nick Taylor go head-to-head in the other semifinal. Lapthorne won eight of the last nine games of his quarterfinal as the Briton beat Canada’s Sarah Hunter 75 61, while Taylor beat fellow America David Buck 62 62.
There will be an all-American quad doubles final after top seeds Taylor and Wagner beat British partnership Cotterill and Lapthorne 62 61. Second seeds Barten and Hasterok clinched the other semifinal after beating Canadian duo Adrian Dieleman and Gary Luker 63 63.