16 Jun 2012

Egberink survives scare at Czech Open

Match Report

Photo: Dr Ivan VyvadilTom Egberink (NED)

Dutch third seed Tom Egberink fought back to beat Poland's Tadeusz Kruszelnicki and reach the men's singles semifinals at the SMP CZ Czech Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Prostejov, where the women's singles and quad singles finalists have also been decided.

Egberink, who is bidding to follow up the Polish Open title he won last weekend, was outplayed by Kruszelnicki in the first set of their quarterfinal, but bounced back to record a 16 63 62 victory.

Second seed Peter Vikstrom also had a tough time against Polish opposition in his quarterfinal, but won the important points to  beat seventh seed Piotr Jaroszewski 75 64.

The other two semifinal were relatively straight forward as French top seed Frederic Cattaneo beat unseeded German Steffen Sommerfeld 63 62.

Meanwhile, fourth seed Martin Legner secured the most comprehensive quarterfinal victory as he eased past Michal Stefanu of the Czech Republic 61 60.

The top two seeded players will contest the women's singles final.

Top seed Henriett Koosz of Austria had few problems in overcoming Pauline Helouin of France 62 61 in her semifinal, while second seed Bianca Osterer of Germany also dropped just three games as she sealed a 63 60 win over Switzerland's Simona Rusnak.

In the quad singles, Polish Open champion Antony Cotterill and his fellow Brit Adam Field have both beaten Austria's Peter Tatschl and Harry Boniface Prabhu of India in straight sets and will now meet to decide an NEC Tour title for the second successive week.

Cotterill and Field have also won the quad doubles after beating Boniface Prabhu and Tatschl 60 61.  

Meawhile, Osterer and Helouin have won a three-way round robin contest, remaining unbeaten in both of their matches to win the women's doubles.