Photo: Nicolas RighettiCharlotte Famin (FRA)
Charlotte Famin of France joined the top three seeded players in the women’s singles semifinals at the Swiss Open, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after Germany’s Katharina Kruger became the first seeded player to exit the ITF 1 Series torurnament in Geneva.
World No. 17 Famin, who made her Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros last month, again demonstrated her ability when defeating world No. 9 and fourth seed Kruger 76(4) 75.
The Frenchwoman, who took up wheelchair tennis in 2011 during rehabilitation after a motorcycle accident, will play world No. 3 Sabine Ellerbrock for a place in the final after ending any prospects of an all-German semifinal.
Second seed Ellerbrock moved comfortably into the last four after beating Chile’s Francisca Mardones 61 62.
World No. 1 Yui Kamiji and defending champion Kgothatso Montjane will contest the other women’s singles semifinal after Kamiji dominated former world No. 1 and former Swiss Open champion Maaike Smit.
After her 61 62 first round win over Diede de Groot, one of the Dutch juniors aiming to go on to try and emulate the achievements of former Paralympic champion Smit, Kamiji sped to a 60 60 win over Smit, whose previous four tournament appearances had all been at the Swiss Open in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
With the quad singles semifinalists already decided, the men’s singles quarterfinals take place on Friday’s fourth day of play in Geneva.