Photo: Tommy HindleyAnders Hard (SWE)
Anders Hard and Greg Hasterok both reached the third quad singles Super Series semifinals of their careers on Thursday’s third day of the BNP Paribas Open de France, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while world No. 3 Maikel Scheffers came from a set down to progress as the men’s singles quarterfinal line-up was completed and the first two women’s singles semifinalists were decided.
Second seed Hard reached his second semifinal since 2010 in Antony, Paris after defeating his fellow Swede and seventh seed Marcus Jonsson 63 63 in a hotly contested quarterfinal. Hasterok was also made to work hard for his quarterfinal victory over eighth seed Thomas Huguenin, but after winning the last two games of the opening set the American world No. 10 and fourth seed went on to end the French challenge in the quad singles as he progressed 75 64.
With Hard and Hasterok set to meet for a place in the final, the other two semifinalists will be decided on Friday.
While the top four seeded partnerships have reached the men’s doubles and women’s doubles semifinals, there was an upset in the quad doubles after Israel’s Patrick Ben Uriel and Shraga Weinberg edged out third seed Hard and Jonsson 61 67(5) 63 in the quarterfinals. Uriel and Weinberg will now play top seeds Hasterok and Sarah Hunter of Canada, with Hunter and Weinberg also set to go head-to-head in one of the two remaining quad singles quarterfinals.
Scheffers outlasts Peifer to reach men’s semis
World No. 3 Scheffers survived an early scare against world No. 10 Nicolas Peifer, but the Dutch third seed outlasted Peifer for a 46 64 61 victory that denied the French fans a third men’s quarterfinalist.
With the unseeded Frederic Cattaneo having already secured his place in the last eight he was joined by world No. 2 Stephane Houdet after Houdet continued his quest to follow up his Roland Garros victory when easing through his all-French match against Yoann Quilliou 60 61.
Houdet will now face world No. 6 Joachim Gerard in the quarterfinals after Japan Open runner-up Gerard maintained his bid to reach back-to-back Super Series finals when he also reduced the French challenge with 61 62 win over Sebastien Husser.
Stefan Olsson became the second seeded player to go out of the men’s singles when the Swedish eighth seed was forced to withdraw from his scheduled second round match against Tom Egberink due to illness. Japan Open semifinalist Egberink will now play Scheffers, ensuring that there will be a Dutchman in the semifinals.
Van Koot to face Kamiji for women’s final place
World No. 1 Aniek van Koot faces a fascinating women’s singles semifinal against world No. 5 Yui Kamiji after both players moved comfortably through their quarterfinals.
Defending champion van Koot beat British fifth seed Lucy Shuker 62 63 and will now play Kamiji in Antony for the second successive year. Van Koot beat Kamiji for the loss of just three games in last year’s quarterfinals, but Kamiji defeated the Dutchwoman for the first time in the early stages of the Pensacola Open in March before van Koot was again on top after a tense three set match at last month’s BNP Paribas World Team Cup.
Kamiji, who won her first Super Series title at May’s Japan Open, set up her latest meeting with van Koot after a 62 61 win over German seventh seed Katharina Kruger.
Order of Play - Friday, 28 June 2013
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