29 Mar 2014

Singles finalists decided on busy day in Pensacola

Match Report

Photo: William GreinerGustavo Fernandez (ARG)

Gordon Reid and Gustavo Fernandez will meet in their second ITF 1 Series men’s singles final in successive weeks on the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour on Sunday at the Pensacola Open, while Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot will contest a second successive all-Dutch women’s singles final and David Wagner and Dylan Alcott will meet for the fourth time this season in the quad singles final.

After heavy rain washed out Friday’s third day of play, a packed schedule on Saturday saw world No. 10 Nicolas Peifer become the surprise semifinalist in the men’s singles after the Frenchman defeated Belgium’s world No. 4 and second seed Joachim Gerard 76(6) 62.

Third seed Fernandez went on to send Peifer’s hopes 62 62, having started the day with a 63 64 vicotry over Australia’s Adam Kellerman. The Argentinian world No. 5 and top seed Reid will now meet in a rematch of the Cajun Classic final after Reid beat seventh seed Frederic Cattaneo of France his quarterfinal and recovered from a set down to prevail 36 64 75 against Dutch fourth seed Maikel Scheffers.

The men’s doubles is still at the semifinal stage heading into the last day of play, with Cattaneo and Martin Legner of Austria set to face Fernandez and Reid, while the all-Dutch partnership of Scheffers and Ronald Vink will attempt to maintain their hopes of following up their Cajun Classic title when they take on Gerard and Peifer in a rematch of last weekend’s final in Baton Rouge.

Griffioen and van Koot into women’s final

After beating world No. 5 Marjolein Buis in the Cajun Classic women’s singles semifinals, world No. 3 Griffioen also ended Buis’s Pensacola Open title defence in the last four as the two Dutchwomen met once again.

Top seed Griffioen won their latest head-to-head 63 62 as second seed Aniek van Koot set up a rematch of the Cajun Classic final after easing past  British fourth seed Jordanne Whiley 62 62.

The women’s doubles final will also be a rematch from the Cajun Classic, with top seeds Griffioen and Lucy Shuker of Great Britain facing second seeds Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa and Whiley.

Alcott earns another match-up with Wagner

As in the men’s singles, Friday’s rain meant that the quarterfinals and semifinals of the quad singles all had to be played on Saturday’s penultimate day in Pensacola.

However, the day started with Cajun Classic champion Jamie Burdekin having to withdraw from his scheduled quarterfinal due to injury, giving Canada’s Gary Luker a walkover. However, world No. 1 Wagner ended Luker’s progress as he followed up a 60 60 win over fellow American Marc McLean with another comprehensive 60 62 victory over Luker.

Alcott also clinched a 60 62 win over American third seed Greg Hasterok, with Nick Taylor dropping just two games, too, as he ended the hopes of Canada’s Adrian Dieleman. With three unseeded players in the last four of the tournament, world No. 7 Alcott defeated Taylor 61 63 and he will now meet Wagner for the fourth time this season. Alcott and Wagner’s previous three match-ups have all gone to a deciding third set, with Wagner having recovered from a set down to win all three to date.

The top two seeded partnerships will meet in the quad doubles final, with defending champions Taylor and Wagner facing Britain’s Antony Cotterill and Hasterok, the second seeds.   

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