14 Jul 2013

Fernandez, Montjane, Wagner win Swiss titles

Match Report

Photo: William GreinerGustavo Fernandez (ARG)

Gustavo Fernandez and Kgothatso Montjane won their first Swiss Open singles titles on Sunday, while David Wagner clinched his seventh title in Geneva as the latest ITF 1 Series event on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour came to an end.

World No. 5 Fernandez won his fourth men’s singles title of 2013 after beating world No. 4 and third seed Gordon Reid 64 64. Fernandez built on a 5-2 first set lead and won the last three games of the match to beat Reid for the first time this year after two three set losses.

Fernandez also secured his first ITF 1 Series title since back-to-back tournament wins in USA in March, where he beat world No. 2 Stephane Houdet twice. This time Fernandez beat Houdet in the semifinals in Geneva, earning a comprehensive 60 63 victory. Reid was equally impressive in his 63 60 semifinal win over another Frenchman, fifth seed Michael Jeremiasz.

After the singles semifinals on Saturday’s penultimate day of play, Reid and Jeremiasz justified the top seeding to win the men’s doubles, beating second seeds Fernandez and Houdet 76 62.

Wagner seals seventh title. Montjane defeats Shuker

While Fernandez won the men’s singles and finished as runner-up in the men’s doubles, world No. 1 Wagner went one better in the quad singles and doubles, winning both titles.

Wagner beat fellow American Greg Hasterok in the quad singles semifinals as South African second seed Lucas Sithole powered to a 60 60 win over Sweden’s Marcus Jonsson. However, Sithole was unable to dominate against Wagner and the top seed sealed a 62 62 victory ten years after winning his first Swiss Open title in 2003.

After reaching the quad singles final, Wagner and Sithole paired up to complete their first tournament as partners by winning their first quad doubles title together. The top seed beat Hasterok and Italy’s Antonio Raffaele 63 61.

World No. 6 Montjane finally got her singles bid underway on Saturday, the fourth day of play, with the top seed beating Chile’s Francisca Mardones to earn her place in Sunday’s final. Meanwhile Britain’s Lucy Shuker ended the challenge of former Swiss Open champion and former world No. 1 Maaike Smiit.

With Montjane and Shuker meeting for the first time since 2011, it was the South African that edged ahead 2-1 in their career head-to-head and with a polished performance that saw her record a 61 62 victory she claimed her second ITF 1 Series title of the season.