09 Jun 2012

Egberink wins men's title at Polish Open

Match Report

Photo: Monika AugustTom Egberink (NED)

Saturday, 9 June

Dutch second seed Tom Egberink won his first NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour men’s singles title of 2012 when he beat Austrian top seed Martin Legner on the final day of the Plock Orlen Polish Open.

Egberink beat former multiple champion Legner 60 64 to win the ITF 2 Series tournament to a close for another year.

Friday, 8 June

Top seed Martin Legner of Austria and second seed Tom Egberink of the Netherlands will contest Saturday's men's singles final at the Plock Orlen Polish Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after ending the challenge of the host nation's top two players on the penultimate day of play.

Legner defeated fourth seed Piotr Jaroszewski 64 62, while Egberink beat third seed Tadeusz Kruszelnicki 64 60 to book his place in the final. 

The men's doubles title went to the Polish-Austrian duo of Tadeusz Kruszelnicki and Martin Legner, who beat Egberink and Steffen Sommerfeld of Germany 64 61.

The quad singles title went to Antony Cotterill for the second time in three years. Second seed Cotterill beat fellow British player and top seed Adam Field 63 62, having also beaten Field 62 62 in the 2010 final.

Meanwhile, Germany's Bianca Osterer won the decisive women's singles round-robin match, beating Dorrie Timmerman-van Hall of the Netherlands 62 64 to complete her four matches unbeaten and lift the title.

Thursday, 7 June

Bianca Osterer of Germany and Dorrie Timmermans-van Hall of the Netherlands remain undefeated after their three round-robin matches in the women's singles at the Plock Orlen Polish Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while Britain's Adam Field and Antony Cotterill have reached the quad singles final.

Osterer and Timmermans-van Hall have both beaten Poland's Judyta Olszewska, Lucyna Mietrkiewic and Katarzyna Wojcieszak and will go head-to-head in Friday's decisive match for the women's singles title at this week's ITF 2 Series tournament.

Meanwhile, Field beat Sebastien Jance of France 60 60 in his quad singles semifinal, while Cotterill eased to a 63 61 win over Austria's Peter Tatschl as the two Britons reached the final for the second time in three years.

Cotterill and Field also won the first main draw title of the week to be decided after defeating Jance and Tatschl 62 60 in the quad doubles final.

All four top seeds have reached the men's singles semifinals.

Austrian top seed Martin Legner beat eighth seed Michal Stefanu of the Czech Republic 62 60 in his quarterfinal and will go on to play Piotr Jaroszewski one of two Polish players in the last four.

Fourth seed Jaroszewski came through his last eight match against the Czech Republic's Miroslacv Brychta 61 36 62.

In the other half of the draw Dutch second seed Tom Egberink firmly ended any hopes of an all-Polish semifinal when he beat Kamil Fabisiak 60 62. Egberink now faces a stern test against third seed Tadeusz Kruszelnicki, who won his quarterfinal against fifth seed Steffen Sommerfeld of Germany 64 62.

Wedneday, 6 June

All the top seeds remain going into the third day of the Plock Orlen Polish Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

The tournament started with a visit from the President of the City of Plock, Mr Andrzej Nowakowski, who picked up a tennis racket to hit with local player Stefan Dobaczewski, but when it came to the competition, it was another Polish player that made the early headlines as Krzysztof Brezyna won a thrilling men's singles first round match against Russia's Alexander Fedorov 26 76(4) 76(3).

However, Brezyna had his progress halted by his compatriot and seventh seed  Kamil Fabisiak, one of three Polish players to have reached the quarterfinals alongside Tadeusz Kruszelnicki and Piotr Jaroszewski.

In the women's singles, which is being played as a five-way round robin, Bianca Osterer of Germany and Dorrie Timmermans-Van Hall have seized the early initiative and winning their first two matches, although Osterer had to go to three sets before defeating Poland's Judyta Olszewska 36 76(3) 61.

Meanwhile, Austria's Peter Tatschl was involved in a fascinating quad singles first round contest against Russia's Konstantin Donskoy, which Tatschl eventually won 62 46 76(5) to reach the semifinals alongside Britain's Adam Field and Antony Cotterill and Sebastien Jance of France.

Plock Orlen Polish Open Draws