Photo: Pavel BilikBianca Osterer (GER)
Sabine Ellerbrock and Bianca Osterer will contest an all-German women’s singles final at the Austrian Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after both secured straight sets wins on Friday’s third day of play in Gross Siegharts and Britain’s Ian Payne reached his first quad singles final on the NEC Tour.
World No. 1 Ellerbrock swept past Russian junior Polina Shakirova 60 60 in her semifinal, while Osterer produced an improvement on her quarterfinal to beat Austria’s Margit Fink 61 64.
The day after beating French second seed Sebsatien Jance in the quad singles semifinals Payne beat another higher ranked player when securing a 62 62 win over Russia’s Sebastien Donskoy to reach not only his first ITF 2 Series final, but his first main draw singles final.
Payne will play Italian top seed Antonio Raffaele for the title after his 60 62 win over Austria’s Peter Tatschl saw Raffaele reached his first singles final of 2013.
Maripa beats Legner to reach men’s semis
After two successive quarterfinal berths in Europe over the past two weeks, South Africa’s Evans Maripa ended Austrian hopes in the men’s singles when he beat Martin Legner for the first time in his career to reach the semifinals in Gross Siegherts.
Fifth seed Maripa beat fourth seed Legner for the first time in three matches, holding on for a 63 75 victory that earns him a place in the last four against second seed Tom Egberink.
Defending champion Egberink recovered from a slow start against Australia’s Adam Kellerman in a rematch of last year’s Austrian Open final. Having only dropped one game to Kellerman 12 months ago to lift the title, this time the Dutchman eventually sealed a 16 64 63 victory.
French top seed Nicolas Peifer will play Japan’s Takuya Miki or Germany’s Steffen Sommerfeld in the other semifinal. World No. 9 Peifer gained his third successive win over Poland’s Tadeusz Kruszelnicki since 2008, powering into the last four 60 60. Meanwhile, Miki led Sommerfeld 6-1, 2-1 in their quarterfinal when rain stopped play. They will resume their quest to reach the semiifnals on Saturday morning.
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