03 May 2013

Finalists decided on dramatic day in Atlanta

Match Report

David Wagner (USA)

Jordanne Whiley reached her first ITF 1 Series women’s singles final after a dramatic day of semifinal matches on Friday at the Atlanta Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour that saw the Brit defeat top seed and world No. 2 Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany.

Fifth seed Whiley and second seed Lucy Shuker will now contest an all-British women’s singles final, while Michael Jeremiasz won through to face top seed Maikel Scheffers in the men’s singles final and David Wagner and Andy Lapthorne justified their top two seeded positions to book their place in the quad singles final.

Whiley fought back from 5-2 down in the deciding set of her semifinal against Ellerbrock to clinch a thrilling 67(7) 64 75 victory over her Ellerbrock, Whiley’s second German opponent in successive day. In doing so the Briton beat the highest ranked opponent of her career.

There will now be a first ever all-British women’s singles final at ITF 1 Series level after world No. 5 Shuker reached her second successive Atlanta Open final in fine style. Last year’s runner-up beat seventh seed Ju-Yeon Park of Korea Republic 62 61 in her semifinal.

Later in the day top seeds Shuker and Whiley moved to within one match of a successful women’s doubles title defence after beating fourth seeds Emmy Kaiser of USA and Chile’s Francisca Mardones 63 61. The British duo will face second seeds Ellerbrock and Dutchwoman Sharon Walraven in the final after Ellerbrock and Walraven’s 63 63 victory over third seeds Katharina Kruger and Park.

Jeremiasz joins Scheffers in men’s singles final

Friday’s two men’s singles semifinals were won in entirely different circumstances, third seed Jeremiasz coming from a set down to defeat second seed and world No. 6 Gordon Reid, while Scheffers eased to victory.

World No. 9 Jeremiasz won the last two games of his contest against Reid for a hard won 26 63 64 win, his sixth win over Reid in eight meetings.

Scheffers is showing no rustiness after being out of the sport since February recovering from an elbow injury and the world No. 4 dominated Japan’s former world No.  3 and sixth seed Satoshi Saida to advance to the final 61 60.

Scheffers and Jeremiasz will now meet for the third time this season, both having won one match apiece in January in Australia, although Jeremiasz leads their career head-to-head 13-3.

Wagner to face Lapthorne. Quad doubles title decided

World No. 1 Wagner and world No. 2 Lapthorne will meet in a quad singles final for the third time this season after again encountering different fortunes in winning their respective semifinals.

Top seed Wagner had few problems in his semifinal, beating unseeded Briton Antony Cotterill 60 63.

Wagner’s victory ended any hopes of an all-British final, while Lapthorne denied the home spectators an all-American final, despite a second set slump against world No. 3 Nick Taylor. World No. 2 Lapthorne regrouped for the final set to eventually beat Taylor 62 06 64.

The first title of the week to be settled came in the all-American quad doubles final as top seeds Taylor and Wagner clinched a remarkable seventh successive Atlanta Open title after beating Bryan Barten and Greg Hasterok 60 61 .