Photo: Orlen Polish OpenEmmy Kaiser (USA)
Roland Garros champion Stephane Houdet was one of three Frenchmen to win singles titles on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour last week, with Frederic Cattaneo winning his sixth ITF 2 Series men’ singles title at the Plock Orlen Polish Open, while former world No. 1 Laurent Giammartini won at the Open BNP Paribas Handisport De Cagnes Sur Mer.
Cattaneo won his first Polish Open title in Plock, where American Emmy Kaiser won her second women’s singles title on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour in successive weeks and Antony Cotterill claimed his third Polish Open quad singles title in four years.
Just two weeks after joining Houdet in the French team that won the men’s World Group at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup, Cattaneo justified top seeding in Plock, where he beat both of the host nation’s top two ranked players.
Sven Hiller produced the first big result of the week in the men’s singles, edging out his fellow German and seventh seed Steffen Sommerfeld 61 26 76(5) to join the remaining seven seeds in the men’s quarterfinals, where Piotr Jaroszewski gave Cattaneo an early scare before the Frenchman advanced 36 63 61.
Also in the top half of the men’s draw, fourth seed David Phillipson was stretched to three sets by Australia’s Adam Kellerman. Phillipson progressed, but both he and fellow Brit Marc McCarroll bowed out in the semifinals to Cattaneo and fifth seed Tadeusz Kruszelinicki a day after Kruszelnicki head beaten his long-time rival, another former champion and second seed Martin Legner in straight sets.
However, it was Cattaneo that dominated the final, beating former five- time champion Kruszelnicki 62 62.
Having been a former winner of the Jana Hunsaker International, the ITF 3 Series tournament taking place in USA at the same time as the Polish Open, Kaiser stayed in Europe to collect her first ITF 2 Series title.
Having won the Open d’Antibes in France a few days earlier, Kaiser beat both of the Polish winners from the last two years en route to collecting this year’s title.
Kaiser battled back for a 57 61 75 win over second seed and 2011 champion Christine Schoenn of France in her opening match and went from strength-to-strength, dropping just five games in total in her semifinal and final, ending the tournament with a 61 62 victory over German top seed and defending champion Bianca Osterer.
In the quad singles Cotterill secured a British victory for the fourth successive year and followed up his own previous wins in 2010 and again last year.
Frenchman Sebastien Jance recorded the first notable win of the week in the quad singles after beating Austrian second seed Sebastian Jance in the opening round, but Jance was himself beaten in the semifinals by his fellow Frenchman Thomas Huguenin, wh0 booked his place in the final after a 62 62 win.
But Huguenin found himself on the other end of a 62 62 score in the final as top seed Cotterill eased to a successful title defence to seal his ninth career title and is eighth in succession at ITF 2 Series level.
Cattaneo and Legner justified top seeding for the men’s doubles, completing three straight sets wins with a 62 62 victory over Australia’s Kellerman and Keegan Oh-Chee in the final.
There was a thrilling climax to the women’s doubles as Kaiser partnered Ukraine’s Olena Shyngaryova to a 76(5) 46 (10-8) win over Osterer and Schoenn to claim the title, while Cotterill and Tatschl won both their round-robin matches to win the quad doubles as Cotterill retained another title.
Plock Orlen Polish Open Draws and Results