Photo: Pavel BilikBianca Osterer (GER)
Frederic Cattaneo retained the men’s singles title at the Slovakia Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, on Sunday in Trnava to clinch the eighth ITF 2 Series title of his career.
A day after Germany’s Bianca Osterer won her second ITF 2 Series women’s title, French top seed Cattaneo clinched his third men’s title on clay in three weeks after beating second seed Martin Legner 61 62. Cattaneo completed back-to-back wins over Legner, having also beaten the Austrian in the final of the Czech Open, and clinched his latest NEC Tour title having dropped a total of just nine games in four matches.
Osterer claims women's singles after first win over Kruger
Osterer saw her Czech Open title defence end in her opening match last week, but bounced back in Trnava and came from 4-1 down in the opening set of Saturday's women's final against Kruger to force a tiebreak. Kruger took the tiebreak relatively comfortably, but Osterer gained a crucial break to lead 5-3 in the second set en route to forcing the decider.
The second seed went on to take a narrow lead in the final set, which she maintained when Kruger double faulted to give Osterer a 4-3 advantage and she got the better of the remaining exchanges to compete a 67(3) 64 63 victory.
It was Osterer’s first win over Kruger in seven contests on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour and she ends the ITF 2 Series tournament with both the women’s singles and doubles titles after winning the doubles on Friday with Chile’s Macarena Cabrillana.
Watch a full replay of the women's singles final, set-by-set
Cattaneo, Legner into singles final after doubles triumph
Frederic Cattaneo of France and Martin Legner of Austria will meet in a men’s singles final for the second successive week on Sunday after claiming their third men’s doubles title together in as many weeks on Saturday.
Cattaneo is one match away from what could be his third ITF 2 Series title in three weeks after the Polish Open and Czech Open champion beat Polish third seed Tadeusz Kruszelnicki 63 62 in their semifinal in Trnava.
Legner dominated his semifinal against fourth seed David Phillipson of Great Britain, easing to a 61 61 win and will now bid to avenge his 62 60 loss to Cattaneo in last weekend’s Czech Open final.
Later in the day top seeds Cattaneo and Legner followed up their Polish Open and Czech Open men’s doubles titles when defeating third seeds Kruszelnicki and Phillipson 62 62 to claim their fifth career title as a partnership since 2009.
Slovakia Open Final Draws and Results