Photo: Pressefoto LauxTom Egberink (NED)
Tom Egberink and Adam Kellerman reached the second ITF 1 series men’s singles semifinals of their respective careers on Friday’s third day of the Designer Outlet Salzburg Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour. The men's singfles, women’s singles and quad singles semifinals all feature on Saturday's penultimate day of play in Austria.
Fourth seed Egberink ended the hopes of the last Austrian player in the men’s singles draw, beating sixth seed Martin Legner 61 63 to move into the last four of an ITF 1 Series event for the first time since the 2010 Korea Open.
Kellerman secured his second win over French world No. 10 Frederic Cattaneo in successive weeks as the Australian eighth seed came from 4-1 down in the opening set en route to wrapping up a 76 61 victory. Kellerman’s win sees him move into another ITF 1 Series semifinal after achieving the feat for the first time in his career at last week’s Belgian Open.
Egberink will play second seed Nicolas Peifer of France for a place in the final after Peifer held off a determined performance from South Africa’s Evan Maripa 64 63. Top seed Joachim Gerard, the runner-up in Belgium last week, continued his Salzburg Open title defence with a 63 61 win over Japanese fifth seed Takuya Miki.
Second seeds Gerard and Peifer came from a set down to reach Saturday’s men’s doubles final, beating Kellerman and Miki 62 57 64. They will now play top seeds Cattaneo and Legner for the title.
Innocenti and Polidori beat seeds in quad singles
With three Italian players featuring in the quad singles quarterfinals, Marco Innocenti and Giuseppe Polidori moved into the semifinals after both beating seeded opposition.
Innocenti defeated his countryman and third seed Antonio Raffaele 63 62 and will go on to play second seed Antony Cotterill after the Brit dropped just one game to Austria’s Peter Tatschl.
In the top half of the draw French third seed Sebastien Jance had already battled back from the verge of defeat to beat Austria’s Markus Wallner 46 76(7) 63 and book his place in the quarterfinals, but Jance’s challenge came to an end against Polidori, who advanced to the last four 64 61. Polidori takes on top seed Sarah Hunter of Canada for a place in the final after Hunter sealed her second win in successive weeks over young Brit Ian Payne 62 61.
There were no surprises as the quad doubles finalists were decided, top seeds Cotterill and Raffaele and second seeds Innocenti and Polidori all easing through their respective semifinals.
While Friday’s third day of play was a rest day in the women’s singles, the semifinal line-up had already been decided, Italy’s Marianna Lauro having dropped just two games in her opening match, while the other three seeded players progressed after even more comfortable wins.
Fourth seed Lauro faces world No. 1 and 2012 Salzburg Open runner-up Sabine Ellerbrock in her semifinal, with third seed Katharina Kruger adding to the German challenge as she takes on Dutch second seed Sharon Walraven.
Top seeds Ellerbrock and Lauro dropped just four games in their women’s doubles semifinal, as did second seeds Christine Schoenn of France and Walraven ahead of Saturday's final.
Order of Play - Saturday, 3 August 2013