21 Jun 2014

Cattaneo, Hewett, Spaanstra bid for Slovakia double

Match Report

Alfie Hewett GBR) and Frederic Cattaneo (FRA

Frederic Cattaneo, Alfie Hewett and Michaela Spaanstra will all bid to secure a brace of titles on Sunday’s last day of the Slovakia Open after the men’s and doubles finals took place on the penultimate day of action in Trnava and top seeds Cattaneo and American Emmy Kaiser kept their singles campaigns on course.

World No. 12 Cattaneo will play his doubles partner in the men’s singles final after he and Hewett beat the Slovak Republic’s Marek Gergely and Poland’s Tafeusz Kruszelnicki 62 64 to justify top seeding and claim the doubles title   

Hewett won his men’s singles semifinal against Morocco’s Boukartacha Lhaj by the same 62 64 scoreline, but Cattaneo had to recover from a set down after Austria’s Josef Riegler made a fine start to the other semifinal.

However, having dropped the opening set Cattaneo dominated the remainder of the match for a 36 61 60 victory as he moves on his bid to retain the title, having seen his Polish Open and Czech Open title defences end with runners-up honours in the last two weeks.

Switerland's Raphael Gremion won the men's second draw singles title, beating Czech Republic top seed Petr Utikal 64 62.

Second seed Spaanstra remains on course for her third women’s singles title in as many weeks after also being taken to a third set in her semifinal in Trnava. The Dutch world No. 13 eventually wrapped up a 76(2) 36 62 victory as Chile’s Macarena Cabrillana bowed out in the last four of the Slovakia Open for the second successive year.

After living up to their tournament seedings Spaanstra and top seed Kaiser will now go head-to-head for a clay court title for the third week in a row after Kaiser came through her semifinal against Russia’s Ludmila Bubnova 63 63 to reach her fourth successive singles final since mid-May.

There was better news for Russia in the women’s doubles final as Polina Shakirova paired up with Spaanstra to claim major honours. The top seeds defeated second seeds Kaiser and Janel Manns of Australia 63 62.          

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