Photo: Gregory PicoutJoachim Gerard (BEL)
Belgian Joachim Gerard secured his first career won over world No. 2 Stephane Houdet on Friday’s fourth day of the BNP Paribas Open de France to end Houdet’s hopes of adding the Super Series title to the Roland Garros title he won at the start of the month.
Gerard, who has moved up to a career high of No. 6 in the men’s singles rankings since reaching the final of the Japan Open, is one match away from reaching his second successive Super Series final after beating Houdet 63 06 63 for his first win over the Frenchman in nine matches.
However, Gerard’s semifinal opponent in Antony, world No. 3 Maikel Scheffers, is also one game away from reaching his second Super Series final as the Japan Open champion set up a rematch with Gerard after also needing three sets before beating his fellow Dutchman Tom Egberink 62 46 61.
The other semifinal is also a rematch of one of the most notable Super Series matches from earlier in the year as world No. 1 Shingo Kunieda goes head-to-head with Great Britain’s Gordon Reid.
Current world No. 4 Reid beat Kunieda for the first time in his career in the semifinals of April’s SA Ope. Both players came through their quarterfinals with ease on Friday as Japanese top seed Kunieda beat Dutch world No. 5 Ronald Vink 62 60, while world No. 4 Reid ended Frederic Cattaneo’s sequence of wins this week with a 61 61 victory.
Buis and Ellerbrock complete women’s semifinal line-up
Roland Garros champion and world No. 2 Sabine Ellerbrock survived a tough opening set against Britain’s Jordanne Whiley to win their women’s quarterfinal 76(4) 62, thereby avenging her loss to Whiley in their last previous match at the Atlanta Open in May.
The German will now go into her semifinal against Dutch world No. 4 Marjolein Buis having won the last 11 of their 13 career head-to-heads, but Buis moved into the last four in commanding form as she eased past Italy’s Marianna Lauro 60 63 before declaring that she had ‘played a great match’.
World No. 1 Aniek van Koot and Japan’s Yui Kamiji had already secured their semifinal places.
Weinberg beats Hunt top reach quad singles semis
Saturday’s quad singles semifinals will feature a match-up between current and former world No. 1 players after Israel’s Shraga Weinberg upset the seedings to beat Canadian third seed Sarah Hunter 76(4) 63 in their quarterfinal.
Top seed David Wagner made a much more comfortable start to his quarterfinal against Italy’s Antonio Raffaele and held on in the second set to complete a 60 64 win. Wagner will now play Weinberg for the first time since last July’s British Open and for the third time in Antony since 2010.
Doubles finalists decided
Roland Garros champions Houdet and Kunieda kept themselves on course in another title hunt in Paris after beating third seeds Egberink and Reid 63 61. There will be three Frenchmen in the men’s doubles final after second seeds Michael Jeremiasz and Nicolas Peifer recovered from dropping a second set tiebreak to beat Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez and Vink 64 67(0) 62.
Top seeds Shuker and van Koot also dropped a second set tiebreak in their women’s doubles semifinal against Ellerbrock and Lauro, but having raced through the opening set they held on in the decider to reach the final 60 67(6) 63. With both top seeded partnerships now set to meet, there will be two British players in the final after Kamiji and Jordanne Whiley dominated their semifinal against Katharina Kruger of Germany and Francisca Mardones of Chile to earn a 61 62 victory.
While there are three French players in the men’s doubles final and two Brits in the women’s doubles final, the quad doubles final will feature American and Canadian players on both sides of the net. Greg Hasterok and Hunter beat Israeli duo Patrick Ben Uriel and Weinberg 61 64 in their semifinal, with Adrian Dieleman partnering Wagner to a 61 71 win over Italian pairing Giuseppe Polidori and Antonio Raffaele.
Order of Play - Saturday, 29 June 2013
BNP Paribas Open de France Draws and Results