The top seeds reached the men’s and women’s singles semifinals on Friday’s second day of the Copa Guga Kuerten, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as both sets of doubles finalists were also decided in Florianopolis, Brazil.
Just one of the four quarterfinals in each of the singles draws went to three sets, with second seed Rafael Medeiros following up his 60 60 victory on the first day by having a relatively tough task before overcoming his fellow Brazilian Christophe Royet 46 61 63 in the men’s quarterfinals.
Medeiros is one of three Brazilian players that will join Australia’s Keegan Oh-Chee in the last four.
Carlos Santos continued his title defence with his second straight sets win in successive days, defeating Colombia’s Fabio Padilla 75 62. Mauricio Pomme needed one game less as he secured a 75 61 victory over his compatriot Luiz Ferreira, setting up Saturday’s semifinal against Santos and ensuring that a Brazilian player will be in the men’s singles final.
Oh-Chee ended any prospects of an all-Brazilian semifinal line-up after defeating Marcos Vasconcelos 62 61. Oh-Chee will now bid to prevent what could still be an all-Brazilian final when he takes on Medeiros.
Padilla and Oh-Chee have ended any hopes of an all-Brazilian men’s doubles final after defeating Royet and Adalberto Rodrigues 64 76(2). The second seeds will face top seeds Pomme and Santos for the title after Pomme and Santos won their semifinal against Sebastiao Silva and Ymanitu Silva 60 60 to reach the final for the loss of just three games in two matches.
Chilean and Brazilian players to decide women’s titles
The women’s singles final is guaranteed to feature one Chilean player and one Brazilian player after Macarena Cabrillana, Isabel Aguirre, Rejane Candida and Natalia Mayara all came through their quarterfinals, with Candida winning in three sets.
Candida faced a tough challenge from Argentina’s Andrea Medrano, but levelled the career head-to-head between the two players in NEC Tour events to four wins apiece after clinching a 64 46 75 victory. It was her second victory in three years over Medrano at the Copa Guga Kuerten.
By comparison, Mayara had a comfortable win over her fellow Brazilian Meirycoll Silva as the former Junior Masters finalist and second seed recorded a 61 62 victory.
In the top half of the women’s draw Cabrillana opened her title defence with a 60 60 win over Brazil’s Aline Cabral. Aguirre met with greater resistance from her fellow Chilean Maria Paz Diaz, but won the important points for a 63 64 victory. Cabrillana holds a 2-0 lead over Aguirre in head-to-heads going into Saturday’s semifinals, having won both of their matches in 2012 64 64.
The women’s doubles will also between Chile and Brazil and will feature three of the four women’s singles semifinalists. Top seeds Cabrillana and Diaz will face second seeds Mayara and Candida.
Santos joins male counterparts in junior semifinals
Milena Santos, world No. 11 in the Cruyff Foundation junior girls’ singles rankings, will line up alongside the three top ranked Brazilian players in the junior boys’ singles rankings in the junior singles semifinals in Florianopolis.
Santos will play Fabio Bernardes, the world No. 16 in the boys’ singles rankings, while Gabriel Pereira will play Jair Neto.