Photo: Jeanna CourterMichael Jeremiasz (FRA)
Gustavo Fernandez and Michael Jeremiasz joined the world’s top two ranked players in the men’s singles semifinals after beating higher ranked opponents Joachim Gerard and Maikel Scheffers on Thursday’s third day of the US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in St. Louis.
The women’s doubles and quad doubles finalists were also decided at the final Super Series event on the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as well as the men’s doubles semifinalists.
Fernandez reached the last four in St. Louis for the second successive year after the Argentinian world No. 5 ended Belgium’s Joachim Gerard’s hopes of back-to-back Super Series titles when defeating the world No. 4 and British Open champion 63 61.
Fifth seed Fernandez will play world No. 2 Stephane Houdet of France in the semifinals after Houdet continued his title defence with a hard-won 64 75 win over world No. 6 Gordon Reid, repeating his win over the Briton in the 2012 semifinals in St. Louis.
World No. 7 Jeremiasz, who won the first of his three Super Series singles titles to date at the 2005 US Super Series, moved into this year’s semifinals with a 64 62 win over world No. 3 Maikel Scheffers, the Frenchman securing his fifth successive win over Scheffers this season.
World No. 1 Shingo Kunieda, who won the last of his four US Super Series titles to date in 2010, eased into the last four this year after beating Dutch world No. 8 Ronald Vink 62 61. The Japanese top seed will now meet Jeremiasz for just the second time this year after Kuneida beat the Frenchman for the loss of just one game in Rotterdam in February.
Top seeds head women’s and quad doubles finalists
Ahead of Friday’s women’s singles and quad singles semifinals, the women’s doubles finalists and quad doubles finalists were decided.
Dutch top seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot will play South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane and Britain’s Jordanne Whiley in Saturday’s women’s doubles final.
Griffioen and van Koot faced a tough semifinal against their countrywomen Marjolein Buis and Britain’s Lucy Shuker, but won the important points in both sets to seal a 63 75 victory.
Montjane and Whiley had a walkover into the final. A week of intense heat in St. Louis took its toll on Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock, forcing Ellerbrock and Japan’s Yui Kamiji to withdraw before their scheduled semifinal against Montjane and Whiley.
There was a scare for defending champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner in their thrilling quad doubles semifinal, but the top seeds fought back from a set down to edge out Britain’s Andy Lapthorne and Lucas Sithole of South Africa 36 60 76(4).
Taylor and Wagner will play Bryan Barten and Greg Hasterok in Saturday’s all-American final after Barten and Hasterok secured a 64 61 win over Anglo-American duo Antony Cotterill and David Buck in their semifinal.