23 Feb 2013

Bavarian Indoor Open finalists decided

Match Report

Joachim Gerard (BEL)

The top two seeds will contest Sunday’s men’s, women’s and quad singles finals at the Bavarian Open after Frederic Cattaneo and Joachim Gerard won the men’s doubles on the penultimate day of play at this week’s ITF 2 Series event on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour and  Greg Hasterok and Marcus Jonsson clinched the quad doubles title.

Belgium’s Joachim Gerard kept his bid for a successful men’s singles title defence on court with a comprehensive 61 61 victory over fourth seed Marin Legner of Austria. Top seed and world No. 8 Gerard will play second seed Nicolas Peifer of France in the final after Peifer continued in tremendous form. Peifer has reached the final for the loss of just four games in his opening three matches, beating Dutch third seed Tom Egberink 61 60 in his semifinal.

Cattaneo and Gerard clinched a deciding match tiebreak against second seeds Legner and Peifer in the men’s doubles final.

Cattaneo and Gerard had started their challenge tentatively and had to go to a match tiebreak before beating Dutch duo Rody de Bie and Tom Egberink 76(4) 67(5) (10-8) to book their place in the semifinals. However, they were unable to repeat the result in the final as Cattaneo and Gerard claimed a narrow 62 67 (10-8) victory.    

Kruger and Osterer set up all-German women’s final

After finishing runner-up in the women’s singles last year in Nuremberg, Katharina Kruger reached but not before dropping the first set of her semifinal against Dutch player Diede de Groot. Junior Masters champion de Groot made a great start to her first ITF 2 Series semifinal, but Kruger’s experience eventually told as the top seed won through 26 63 62.

There is guaranteed to be a German winner of the women’s singles, after Bianca Osterer also justified her seeding to reach Sunday’s final. However, the second seed had a much easier passage through her semifinal, beating third seed Pauline Helouin 62 61.

All four singles semifinalists will meet again in the women’s doubles final, with top seeds Helouin and Kruger taking on second seeds de Groot and Osterer.

Hasterok and Erismann to contest quad singles final

After two three set quarterfinals in the top half of the quad singles draw, the semifinal also went to a deciding set as American top seed Greg Hasterok won through to meet French second seed Stephane Erismann.

Marcus Jonsson of Sweden had ended the title defence of Germany’s Maximilian Laudan in three sets in the quarterfinals, but a deciding set went against him in his semifinal as Hasterok sealed a hard-won 46  64 64 victory.

Erismann faced a tough opening set in the other semifinal against Germany’s Nick Nobbe, but dominated the second set to win 75 61.

Hasterok and Jonsson wrapped up victory in the quad doubles after defeating Nobbe and Harald Pramendorfer of Austria 61 61.