31 Aug 2013

Finalists decided at St. Louis Super Series

Match Report

Photo: James Jordan PhotographyAniek van Koot (NED)

The world’s top two ranked players will contest the men’s singles and quad singles finals at the US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while Japan’s Yui Kamiji will play world No. 2 Aniek van Koot in the women’s singles final at the last Super Series event on the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

World No. 7 Michael Jeremiasz of France took a set of tennis off world No. 1 Shingo Kunieda for the first time since 2009 as the two former champions went heard-to-head in the men’s semifinals, but Kunieda had the edge in the second set and dominated the third to seal a 57 64 60 victory to reach his third Super Series final of the season.

There was another closely-fought semifinal between world No. 2 Stephane Houdet and world No. 5 Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina, but Houdet ensured that there would be a French player in Sunday’s final after securing the crucial breaks to beat Fernandez 64 64.

Kamiji sets up women’s final against van Koot

Japan Open and BNP Paribas Open de France champion Kamiji maintained her bid for her third Super Series title of 2013 after beating SA Open finalist and world No. 6 Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa in the women’s singles semifinals.

Like Houdet, world No. 5 Kamiji came through a close match, winning the important points to beat Montjane 64 64.

The Japanese 19-year-old, who has already beaten world No. 1 Sabine Ellerbrock this week, will now meet Dutch world No. 2 van Koot. After Britain’s Jordanne Whiley secured her first career win over van Koot’s countrywoman, world No. 3 Jiske Griffioen, in the quarterfinals, Whiley was denied a place in her first Super Series final as van Koot sealed a 62 64 semifinal victory.

Wagner to meet Lapthorne in quad singles final

World No. 1 David Wagner levelled up his head-to-head record in Super Series singles matches against South Africa’s world No. 3 Lucas Sithole this year to move to within one match of what would be a successful quad singles title defence.

With Sithole having got the better of Wagner in the semifinals of April’s SA Open and the final of July’s British Open, the top seed faced another tough challenge in their semifinal in St. Louis, but Wagner proved more than equal to the challenge, edging to a 76(1), 6-3 victory.

Britain’s world No. 2 Andy Lapthorne maintained his record of reaching the final of every quad singles event he has contested this year as he ended hopes of an all-American final.

Lapthorne beat world No. 4 and former US Open Super Series champion Nick Taylor 61 62 in his semifinal and will now meet Wagner for the fifth time this season, with the two players having fought out two three set matches at the Australian Open in January, but Wagner having secured a 60 60 win in their last meeting in the final of May’s Atlanta Open.

Jeremiasz and Scheffers battle back to reach men’s doubles final

Saturday’s men’s doubles final I St. Louis will be between the top seeds and the third seeds after Jeremiasz and Scheffers saved two match points to beat second seeds Gordon Reid and Ronald Vink in their semi-final.

Third seeds Jeremiasz and Scheffers fought back from a set and 5-3 down to beat the Anglo-Dutch pairing of Reid and Vink 46, 76(2), 64.

Top seeds Houdet and Kunieda, who have won two of the three Grand Slam men’s doubles titles together so far this year, also had to come from set down to win their semifinal, but had much the better of the second and third sets to defeat fourth seeds Fernandez and Joachim Gerard of Belgium 46 62 62.