Photo: Pavel BilikKatharina Kruger (GER)
After not being able to justify their top seedings at last week’s Czech Open, Katharina Kruger and Bianca Osterer have ensured that there will be a German winner of the women’s singles at this week’s Slovakia Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, when both players eased into Saturday’s final in Trnava.
Meanwhile, Osterer will be aiming to complete a brace of titles on Saturday after partnering Chile’s Macarena Cabrillana to win the women’s doubles.
Top seed Kruger powered through her singles semifinal against Russian fourth seed Polina Shakirova, sealing a 61 61 win. She will now face Osterer in a title decider for the fourth time in their careers after Osterer claimed a 62 64 win over third seed Carbrillana in the other semifinal.
Kruger and Osterer have already met in two finals this season, with Kruger having won both the Jura Indoors in Switzerland and the Bavarian Indoors in Germany.
Later in the day Osterer partnered Carbrillana to win the doubles as the second seeds sealed a 62 62 win over Australia’s Janel Manns and Ukraine’s Syngaryova to give Cabrillana her fourth career doubles title and her first at ITF 2 Series level. It was a fifth ITF 2 Series doubles title for Osterer.
Men’s semifinalists decided
Frederic Cattaneo remained on course as he tries to win his third ITF 2 Series men’s singles title in as many weeks.
The top seed will face Tadeusz Kruszelnicki of Poland in Saturday’s semifinals, which will be a rematch of their Polish Open final two weeks ago. Cattaneo defeated fellow Frenchman and eighth seed Yoann Quillou in his quarterfinal while Kruszelnicki also had few problems in his 61 61 win over the Czech Republic’s Michal Stefanu.
Second seed Martin Legner, who played Cattaneo in last weekend’s Czech Open final, was stretched to three sets by Poland’s Kamil Fabisiak as Fabisiak threatened an upset for the second day in a row. However, after beating his seeded compatriot Piotr Jaroszewski Fabisiak was unable to maintain his challenge in the third set against Legner as the Austrian completed a 63 67(3) 61 victory.
Legner will face British fourth seed David Phillipson in his semifinal after Phillipson’s 61 64 win over fifth seed Steffen Sommerfeld of Germany.
Saturday’s men’s doubles final will see top seeds Cattaneo and Legner take on third seeds Kruszelnicki and Phillipson, who were awarded a walkover in their scheduled semifinal against second seeds Fabisiak and Jaroszewski.
One of the most fascinatng matches on Friday’s third day of play in Trnava came in the men’s second draw singles final as the Czech Republic’s Petr Utikal came from a set down and edged a second set tiebreak en route to beating the Slovak Republic’s Tomas Masaryk 36 76(3) 63.
The trophy presentations were made by Slovak Tennis Association President Mr. Tibor Macko.
Order of Play - Saturday, 22 June 2013
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