Photo: Bernard PacalinAntonio Raffaele (ITA)
Antonio Raffaele clinched his second ITF 2 Series quad singles title in as many tournaments on Saturday’s penultimate day of the Toyota Open de L’iIe de Re as the Italian made up for finishing runner-up in the quad doubles. Meanwhile, Joachim Gerard and Nicolas Peifer reached the men’s singles final for the second year in a row and Charlotte Famin earned a place in her first ITF 2 Series women’s singles final.
British duo Adam Field and Chris Johnson clinched the quad doubles title in thrilling circumstances on Friday’s third day of play in France after upsetting top seeds Marcus Jonsson of Sweden and Raffaele 64 36 (10-8) in a deciding championship tiebreak.
Raffaele also beat his doubles partner in two tiebreaks to win their singles semifinal 76(4) 76(1), while Field defeated French fourth seed Thomas Huguenin in straight sets in the other semifinal. But after winning the Salzburg Open in August Raffaele came through another tough challenge in the final to overcome second seed Field 64 26 63.
Gerard and Peifer set up rematch
World No. 4 Gerard and world No. 8 Peifer will contest the men’s singles final, with Gerard one match away from what would be a successful title defence.
The Belgian top seed and Frenchman Frederic Cattaneo both eased through their quarterfinals for the loss of just two games apiece, but the two quarterfinals in the bottom half of the draw provided much more excitement as second seed Peifer held fended off set points against him on the first set of his match against British eighth seed Alfie Hewett. Peifer eventually beat the world No. 1 ranked junior 75 61.
Meanwhile, Australian fourth seed Ben Weekes celebrated his 29th birthday on Friday by winning the match of the day against South African fifth seed Evans Maripa in a final set tiebreak, progressing to the semifinals 63 46 76(2). But Gerard and Peifer wasted little time in reaching Sunday’s final as Gerard beat Cattaneo 64 60, with Peifer sealing a 62 62 win over Weekes.
Sunday’s final will be streamed live on the internet straight after live streaming of the women’s singles final.
Famin eyes first ITF 2 Series title
While Peifer will represent France in the men’s singles final, the host nation also has hopes in the women’s singles final after Famin reached her first final at ITF 2 Series level.
After dropping just three games to her compatriot and seventh seed Emilie Chene in the quarterfinals second seed Famin made a slow start to her semifinal against British third seed Louise Hunt, but Frenchwoman fought back for a 06 63 63 win to put her three set loss in the 2012 semnifnals firmly behind her.
Top seed Katharina Kruger also dropped the first set of her semifinal to Spain’s Lola Ochoa, but the German also clinched the important points in the second and third sets for a 46 63 64 victory.
Kruger will now play Famin for the fourth time since November 2012 and if their last three matches are anything to go by Sunday’s final should be another fascinating encounter, with Kruger having won each of their matches to date in three sets.
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