Photo: Piotr HawalejMichaela Spaanstra (NED)
Germany’s Katharina Kruger and Michaela Spaanstra of Netherlands, the top two seeds, will contest Friday’s women’s singles final at the Wroclaw Cup, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after Dorrie Timmermans-van Hall gained the first of two possible Dutch titles in an exciting finish to the quad singles.
Meanwhile, a British player is guaranteed a place in the men’s singles final after Marc McCarroll and Alfie Hewett joined Sweden’s Stefan Olsson and defending champion Adam Kellerman of Australia in the last four of this week’s ITF 2 Series event in Poland
American third seed Emmy Kaiser threatened to cause an upset in the women’s semifinals after edging the first set of her contest against world No. 9 Katharina Kruger, but Kruger recovered well to record her second win of 2014 over Kaiser 57 61 64.
World No. 12 Spaanstra maintained her effort to move ever closer to the world’s top 10 and her bid for a second ITF 2 title in Poland this season when beating French fourth seed Emmanuelle Morch 62 62. Kruger and Spaanstra will now meet for just the second time after the German player won their only previous meeting to date in Switzerland last season.
Morch and Spaanstra will play Kaiser and Kruger for the women’s doubles title after both seeded partnerships won their semifinals with relative ease.
Three players completed the four-way round-robin competition for the quad singles title with two wins apiece, but it was Timmermans-van Hall who had the better difference in games won to games lost after defeating Italy’s world No. 9 Antonio Raffaele 62 62. The Dutchwoman, Raffaele and Israel’s Itay Erenlib all played seven sets apiece during the course of their three matches, with Timmermans-van Hall and Erenlib both winning five set, but Timmermans-van Hall won a much bigger percentage of her total games to claim the spoils.
McCarroll and Hewett guarantee British men’s finalist
Top seed McCarroll recorded a 62 75 victory over seventh seed Thomas Vinatier of France, while fourth seed Hewett beat Tadeusz Kruszelnicki for the second time in a month as he secured a 63 64 victory over his Polish opponent, a former two-time champion in Wroclaw. McCarroll and Hewett will now meet for the second time this season.
The closest of the men’s singles quarterfinals saw Sweden’s former world No. 2 Olsson defeat2013 runner-up and third seed David Phillipson 76(8) 75 to book a last four contest against second seed Kellerman, who kept his title defence firmly on course after a 62 62 win over sixth seed Kamil Fabisiak of Poland.
Phillipson and Olsson later combined forces for a comfortable 60 63 win over second seeds McCarroll and Kruszelnicki in their doubles semifinal. The fourth seeds will take on Kellerman and Martin Legner of Austria in the final after Kellerman and Legner ended Hewett and Dutchman Ricky Molier’s quest for a second successive doubles title. The top seeds overcame last week’s Trofeo della Mole champions in a hard won semifinal, largely dominating a deciding championship tiebreak to complete a 57 64 (10-4) victory.
Wroclaw Cup Draws
Order of Play - Friday, 15 August 2014