21 Mar 2014

Wagner, Burdekin into Cajun Classic quad singles final

Match Report

Photo: William GreinerDavid Wagner (USA)

David Wagner and Jamie Burdekin booked their places in the quad singles and doubles finals during Friday’s third day of the Cajun Classic as all four top seeds reached the men’s and women’s singles semifinals.

Wagner and Burdekin will meet for the fourth time since 2009 in Baton Rouge after world No. 1 Wagner survived an early scare in his semifinal and Burdekin avenged his loss to Nick Taylor in the 2011 semifinals at the ITF 1 Series tournament.

All three of Wagner’s matches this season against Australia’s former junior world No. 4 Dylan Alcott have gone to three sets and in all three matches current world No. 8 Alcott has taken the opening set. But, after winning only one game in the first set in Baton Rouge, Wagner fought back to win the last two games of the second set to keep his title defence on track and he went on to clinch another enthralling contest 16 75 64 in the latest instalment in a rivalry that could grace the sport for a long time to come.

After two successive semifinals in Baton Rouge, Britain’s world No. 7 Burdekin reached his second Cajun Classic final, defeating fourth seed and world No. 10 Taylor 61 46 63 the day after beating Canadian second seed Sarah Hunter. Burdekin will now go head-to-head with Wagner again after the American won their 2009 final and both their semifinals in 2012 and 2013.

All four singles semifinalists will meet again in the doubles final after Alcott and Burdekin secured a 64 60 semifinal win over Canadians Adrian Dieleman and Robert Shaw, while defending champions and top seeds Taylor and Wagner beat fellow American David ‘Buck and Japan’s Shota Kawano 75 62.

Fernandez and Scheffers recover to reach semis

After Wagner had come from a set down to reach the quad singles final, defending champion Gustavo Fernandez had to do the same to earn his place in the men’s singles semifinals.

The Argentinian world No.5 and third seed was made to work hard by Japan’s world No. 8 Takuya Miki and was frustrated by not being able to produce his best tennis as he snatched the last two games of the second and third set to prevail 26 75 75.

Fernandez will play Belgian second seed Joachim Gerard for a place in the final after world No. 4 Gerard earned his second straights sets win over an Australian opponent in successive days when defeating Adam Kellerman 61 61.

With all four seeds set to contest the semifinals, world No. 3 and top seed Gordon Reid ended Nicolas Peifer’s hopes of reaching  a second successive Cajun Classic final after beating the French sixth seed 61 62. Reid will meet Dutch fourth seed Maikel Scheffers in the last four after Scheffers edged past seventh seed Frederic Cattaneo of France 57 61 64.

Top four seeds reach women’s semfinals

Current and former world No. 1 players will meet in the women’s singles semifinals in Baton Rouge after top seed Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany and third seed Aniek van Koot both came through quarterfinals against British opposition.

Ellerbrock, who succeeded 2013 ITF World Champion van Koot as world No. 1 in January, tamed a determined performance from world No. 6 Jordanne Whiley to defeat the fifth seed 76(4) 46 62.

Van Koot prevailed against seventh seed Lucy Shuker, despite struggling with her serve, the defending champion advancing 63 62 to maintain the possibility of an all-Dutch women’s final. At last one Dutch finalist is guaranteed after fourth seed Marjolein Buis, the 2013 runner-up to van Koot, also held on in a three set quarterfinal, eventually beating South African sixth seed Kgothatso Montjane 61 36 62. Second seed Jiske Griffioen beat German eighth seed Katharina Kruger 64 62.