Photo: Pavel BilikFrederic Cattaneo (FRA)
Frederic Cattaneo and Emmy Kaiser made up for seeing two singles title defences on the clay courts in Europe come to an end in successive weeks when winning the men’s and women’s singles on Sunday’s last day of the Slovakia Open, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Trnava.
A first-time partnership with world No. 1 ranked junior Alfie Hewett ended in victory in the men’s doubles on the penultimate day and top seed Cattaneo ensured that he left Trnava with both titles after a confident 62 63 victory over third seed Hewett in Sunday’s singles final.
After finishing runner-up to Ronald Vink in the Polish Open and Czech Open finals and seeing both titles Cattaneo won in 2013 go to the Dutchman, the French world No 12’s latest success provides a timely boost ahead of the third Super Series tournament of the year in his home country, with the BNP Paribas Open de France set to start on Tuesday.
Kaiser also saw her Polish Open and Czech Open titles go to Dutch opposition over the past two weeks, but the current American No. 1 avenged her losses to Michaela Spaanstra in the finals of both ITF 2 Series events to claim her second ITF 3 title of 2014 with a 63 76(3) victory.
Sunday’s win draws Kaiser and Spaanstra level at 2-2 in career head-to-heads and also sees them end the Slovakia Open with one title apiece after they were also on opposite sides of the net in Saturday’s women’s doubles final, with Spaanstra and Russia’s Polina Shakirova claiming the spoils.
Slovakia Open Final Draws