Photo: Ivan VyvadilEmmy Kaiser (USA)
Frederic Cattaneo, Emmy Kaiser and Marco Innocenti clinched the men, women’s and quad singles titles over the weekend at the VINCI Czech Open in Prostejov, as Kaiser clinched her third NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour title in as many weeks and Cattaeno followed up his own victory at the Polish Open.
Top seed Cattaneo dominated the men's singles final against Austrian second seed Martin Legner, recording a comfortable 62 60 win for back-to-back ITF 2 Series titles.
Cattaneo also partnered Legner to win the men's doubles, as they again justified top seeding in the final. Cattaneo and Legner beat Polish third seeds Kamili Fabisiak and Piotr Jaroszewski also by a score of 62 60.
A week after winning her first ITF 2 Series women’s title at the Polish Open, Kaiser added her second to complete a three week period that started with victory at the ITF 3 Series Tournoi d’Antibes. The American fourth seed brought her stay in Europe to an end with a 61 64 win over first-time NEC Tour finalists Michaela Spaanstra of the Netherlands.
“It has been fun being on Tour again. I've missed it and the people, too,” said Kaiser. “The best part of winning the last three weeks, for me, is being able to celebrate with new friends I made from Poland and old friends each time - and knowing that even though I have been out of the sport at this level since London, my skill level is still there.”
“I may not have won today, but I am very pleased with my result,” said Spaanstra, who reached her first ITF 2 Series final in only her third NEC Tour event. The Dutchwoman took up wheelchair tennis in 2011 after surgery for a tumour in 2010 and has quickly adapted to the sport, having been a talented junior player between the ages of six and 19.
Later on Satutday's penultimate day of play Kaiser narrowly missed out on adding the women’s doubles title. Kaiser and Germany’s Bianca Osterer, the second seeds, went into a deciding championship tiebreak against tops seeds Katharina Kruger of Germany and Christine Schoenn of France, with Kruger and Schoenn hanging on in a tense finale to prevail 75 46 (10-8).
Innocenti leads Italian success in quad singles and doubles
A day after ending top seed Antony Cotterill’s quad singles title defence, former world No. 9 Marco Innocenti survived a second set tiebreak before going on to claim the Czech Open title. Innocenti came from set down for the second day in a row to defeat Swedish second seed Marcus Jonsson 36 76(3) 61.
Later in the day Innocenti partnered fellow Italian Alfredo di Cosmo to win the decisive round-robin match in the quad doubles. Innocenti and di Cosmo defeated Cotterill and Jonsson 62 61, also ending Cotterill’s hopes of retaining the quad doubles title.
Cattaneo and Legner to contest men’s singles final
Top seed Cattaneo earned the chance to try and follow up his Polish Open title after defeating third seed Tadeusz Kruszelnicki of Poland 64 60.
But one of the matches of the day came in the other semifinal as second seed Legner came from a set down to edge out fourth seed Marc McCarroll in a final set tiebreak.
Legner, who arrived in Prostejov having won only one of this three matches this season against McCarroll, levelled the head-to-head between the two players for the year after completing a 36 75 76(3) victory.
Fabisiak and Jaroszewski claimed another tense win in their semifinal, holding off second seeds McCarroll and Kruszelnicki 76(0) 26 (10-7).