Hungary’s most successful and experienced wheelchair tennis player Laszlo Farkas won the match of the day on Wednesday at the Israel Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, to reach the men’s singles semifinals, while the finalists were decided in the women’s singles and doubles, the quad singles and doubles and the men’s doubles events.
Former world No. 15 Farkas, a quarterfinalist in Tel Aviv last year, clinched victory in a remarkable quarterfinal against Polish fifth seed Kamil Fabisiak this year, the Hungarian eventually living up to his fourth seeding to win a final set tiebreak for a 76(4) 67(2) 76(5) win.
Farkas will now face second seed David Phillipson, one of two British semifinalists, after Phillipson eased to a 63 60 win over Russian seventh seed Yuriy Golovin.
Phillipson remains on course for a possible final against fellow Brit Marc McCarroll after the top seed dominated his quarterfinal against Israeli seventh seed Assaf Stokol to progress 60 62.
Piotr Jaroszewski completed a semifinal line-up that features all four top seeds after the Polish player defeated sixth seed David Chabrecek of the Slovak Republic 61 63.
Later in the day McCarroll and Phillipson beat third seeds Chabrecek and Farkas 60 63 to reach the men’s doubles final. The top seeds will now play either Italy’s Diego Amadori and Marco Amadori or second seeds Fabisiak and Jaroszewski.
Whiley and Schoenn into women’s final
Third seed Christine Schoenn withstood a stern challenge from German second seed Bianca Osterer as the Frenchwoman reached the women’s singles final.
Schoenn took a 3-0 first set lead and a commanding 5-1 second set lead in their semifinal and although Osterer threatened a comeback on both occasions, Schoenn held on to wrap up a 64 63 victory.
Schoenn will now meet top seed Jordanne Whiley in women’s singles final for the third time this season after the Brit ended Israeli hopes with a comprehensive 61 61 win over Inna Mashkovsky in the other semifinal.
Whiley and Schoenn will also be on opposite sides of the net in the women’s doubles final after both partnerships reached the title decider. Top seeds Osterer and Schoenn came through their semifinal against Israel’s Mashkovsky and Veronic Zvik 60 63, with Whiley partnering Turkey’s Busra UIn to beat the all-Turkish pairing of Ebru Bulgurcu and Nese Aydemir 61 61.
Weinberg edges Norfolk to set up all-Israeli quad final
Top seed Shraga Weinberg repeated his London 2012 quarterfinal win over fellow former world No. 1 Peter Norfolk to reach the quad singles final against fellow Israeli second seed Boaz Kramer.
After three hours on court, Weinberg came through another tough three set match against fourth seed Norfolk to prevail 62 57 64, earning just his fourth win over Norfolk in 14 head-to-heads.
In the other semifinal Kramer eased to a 62 62 win over the third Israeli semifinalist, Patrick Ben Uriel.
Kramer and Weinberg also renewed a successful partnership to reach the quad doubles final.
The Beijing 2008 Paralympic silver medallists beat Ben Uriel and Norfolk 62 76(3) in their semifinal and will come up against second seeds Adam Field of Great Britain and Marcus Jonsson of Sweden in the final. Field and Jonsson won their semifinal against Italy’s Alfredo di Cosmo and Israel’s Joseph Piattelli 61 60.