11 Jan 2012

Di Toro edges into Adelaide semis

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Photo: Jamie WilkinsonDaniela di Toro (AUS)

Michael Jeremiasz and Daniela di Toro continued their challenges to try and reach back-to-back finals on Wednesday, with top seed di Toro edging past Japanese fifth seed Kanako Domori as the semifinalists were decided at the Be Active Adelaide Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

World No. 6 di Toro reached the last four courtesy of a 63 64 win over Domori.as she bids to go one better than her runners-up berth in Brisbane final last week.

“The match was jerky and it was difficult to find my rhythm”, Di Toro explained. “I’m doing OK at the moment, the body is holding up well after last year being so full-on and pressurised. I’m trying to play ‘smart’ tennis”.

Di Toro now plays Great Britain’s Jordanne Whiley, who came through what she described as, ‘an epic struggle’ against unseeded American Emmy Kaiser 61 46 75.

In the other half of the women’s draw German second seed Katharina Kruger eased through her semifinal against sixth seed Christine Schoenn of France 60 63.  Kruger now plays South African third seed Kgothatso Montjane. Montjane fought off a spirited second performance from British eighth seed Louise Hunt to win their quarterfinal 61 76.

The men’s main draw singles quarterfinals saw Japan’s Takashi Sanada avenge his first round Queensland Open loss to Briton Marc McCarroll. After going down in three sets in Queensland, Sanada had much the better of the Adelaide encounter to win 63 62 and set up an all-Japanese semifinal against Satoshi Saida.  World No. 8 and top seed Saida powered to a 61 60 quarter-final win over Australian Ben Weekes.

Britain’s Gordon Reid joined Sanada in making a first round exit Queensland last week, but emulated the Japanese player in making the Adelaide semifinals after a comfortable 62 63 victory over Australia’s Adam Kellerman.  Reid, who had two victories over current world No. 1 Maikel Scheffers during 2011, now faces former world No. 1 Jeremiasz in the last four after Jeremiasz dominated his quarterfinal against his compatriot and second seed Frederic Cattaneo, producing arguably the most notable performance of the tournament so far.