Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) and Kgothatso Montjane (RSA)
Top seeds Yui Kamiji of Japan and Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain will play third seeds Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany and Kgothatso Montane of South Africa in Monday’s ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters women’s final after the semifinals featured in Sunday’s first session of play on the penultimate day of competition in Mission Viejo.
Sunday’s action started with the last of the play-offs for the minor places in the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, as world No. 2 Stephane Houdet of France clinched third place in the men’s singles for the second successive year after a tense 64 36 63 win over Argentina’s world No. 5 Gustavo Fernandez.
Meanwhile, in the women’s singles, Dutch world No. 5 Marjolein Buis went one better than in 2012 as she finished third in the women’s singles after securing her second win of the week over Whiley. Buis clinched a 63 64 win over Whiley to follow up her three set victory over the Brit in the round-robin phase of the event.
Women’s doubles finalists decided
After their third place play-off in the women’s singles, Buis and Kamiji met again in the women’s doubles semifinals as January’s Australian open finalists Buis and Lucy Shuker faced July’s Wimbledon finalists Kamiji and Jordanne Whiley in a rematch of their semifinal at Wimbledon in the summer.
Kamiji and Whiley made much the better start, building on a 4-1 lead before Whiley served out the first set. They subsequently earned a 5-2 lead in the second set en route to completing a 62 63 victory that will see both players contest their second Doubles Masters final apiece, Whiley having finished runner-up partnering Shuker in 2012, while Kamiji was runner-up with Ellerbrock in 2012.
History will be made at this year’s Doubles Masters as two new names will be added to the roll of honour, while it will be the first time in the 14-year history of the event that the women’s champions will not include a Dutch player.
The last 12 winners have been all-Dutch partnerships, but Ellerbrock and Montjane ensured that this will not be the case in 2013 after an accomplished performance against second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Sharon Walraven, both of whom are multiple winners of the Doubles Masters with different partners. Ellerbrock and Montjane, playing in only their second tournament together, dominated the second half of the opening set and then took a 5-0 second set lead en route to a 62 62 victory.
Monday’s final will see 2012 runners-up Ellerbrock and Kamiji on opposite sides of the net.
Sunday’s first session of play at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion also included three of the play-offs for the minor places in the men’s and women’s doubles.
Satoshi Saida, twice a Doubles Masters champion, and Takashi Sanada secured an all-Japanese victory in the men’s doubles contest for fifth place, defeating Argentina’s Guillermo Camusso and Gustavo Fernandez 60 76(5). Seventh place went to Britain’s Marc McCarroll and USA’s Stephen Welch, Welch also having previously won the men’s doubles. McCarroll and Welch edged past Japan’s Yoshinobu Fujimoto and Britain’s David Phillipson 57 64 75.
Meanwhile, fifth place In the women’s doubles went to Britain’s Louise Hunt and Japan’s Miho Nijo, who won another close contest against Germany’s Katharina Kruger and Chile’s Francisca Mardones 64 75.