27 Sep 2013

Finalists decided at Sardinia Open

Match Report

Sabine Ellerbrock (GER)

The top two seeds will contest Saturday’s men’s and women’s singles finals at the Sardinia Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, but none of the seeds will contest the quad singles final as Marco Innocenti attempts to secure a title for the host nation when he takes on Israel’s Boaz Kramer.

World No. 1 Shingo Kunieda and world No. 2 Stephane Houdet will meet in a men’s singles final on the NEC Tour for the fifth time in 2013 and for the first time this year outside of a Grand Slam or Super Series final.

Kunieda dropped a set to world No. 7 Michael Jeremiasz for the second time in three matches in the last month in his semifinal, but the Japanese top seed took control of the final set as he wrapped up a 75 46 62 victory to stay on track for a first Sardinia Open title.

Kunieda’s win over Jeremiasz ended any prospect of a repeat of the 2007 final between Jeremiasz and Houdet. However, Houdet kept his own bid for a second Sardina Open title on course after his 63 62 semifinal win over world No. 4 Joachim Gerard, which brought the Belgian third seed’s title defence to an end at the ITF 1 Series event in Alghero.

The top two seeded partnerships have reached the men’s doubles final with successive straight sets wins. Top seeds Houdet and Austria’s Martin Legner will face second seeds Gerard and Jeremiasz on Saturday.

Ellerbrock and Whiley set for final showdown

While Gerard saw his title defence come to an end, world No. 2 Sabine Ellerbrock maintained her women’s singles title defence after beating home favourite and fourth seed Marianna Lauro 64 61.

The other women’s semifinal came to a much closer conclusion as British second seed Jordanne Whiley fought back from a set down to beat her doubles partner, Dutch third seed Sharon Walraven, 57 64 63.

It was world No. 8 Whiley’s second win over world No. 9 Walraven in seven meetings and she will now contest her fourth ITF 1 Series final, all of which have come this season. Whiley claimed her first ITF 1 Series title in May, beating Ellerbrock in the semifinals en route to winning the Atlanta Open. Ellerbrock will contest her third ITF 1 Series final of 2013 on Saturday.

Top seeds Walraven and Whiley paired up to reach the women’s doubles final after beating Swiss duo Gabriela Buehler and Karin Suter-Erath 61 63. They will now play second seeds Ellerbrock and Lauro after both sets of singles semifinal opponents teamed up to reach the final.

Innocenti to face Kramer for quad singles title

The quad singles continued to provide tense three set matches as Innocenti came from a set down to reach Saturday’s final. The 2010 runner-up reached another final in Sardinia after beating 2008 and 2012 runner-up Antonio Rafaele 46 75 63 in their all-Italian semifinal.

Kramer beat his second seeded opponent in three matches as he reached his second quad singles final of 2013. The Israeli defeated world No. 8 and top seed Antony Cotterill of Great Britain 75 63 in his semifinal.

After overcoming his compatriot Shraga Weinberg in the quad singles quarterfinals, Kramer partnered Weinberg to win the quad doubles title. The Beijing 2008 Paralympic silver medallists defeated top seeds Cotterill and Marcus Jonsson of Sweden 61 62 in Friday’s final.           

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