11 Jun 2012

Fernandez, Shuker and Hard win Daegu titles

Match Report

Photo: Tommy HindleyAnders Hard (SWE)

Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and Lucy Shuker of Great Britain both won the second ITF 1 Series singles titles of their careers, while Sweden’s Anders Hard won his first ITF 1 Series crown as the Daegu Open came to a close at the weekend, with just the Busan Open to come in the the series of high level NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour events hoted in Asia since last month.

Fernandez completed his series of Asian tournaments unbeaten in 13 matches over the course of three NEC Tour events either side of the World Team Cup after be justified his top seeding in the men’s singles.

The Argentinean, who made his debut inside the world’s top 10 and attained a career best ranking of No. 9 after winning his first Super Series title at last month’s Japan Open, came through a three set semifinal against Belgium’s  Joachim Gerard for the second successive week as he advanced to the final 62 46 61.  

Having won the Korea Open, Fernandez subsequently clinched his second ITF 1 title in successive weeks when he beat second seed Takashi Sanada of Japan, who had to come from a set down before defeating his compatriot and defending champion Satoshi Saida 57 63 64 in his semifinal.

Sanada turned the tables in the men's doubles final as he paired up with Australia's Ben Weekes to claim the title. The third seeds seeds fought back to beat Argentinean fourth seeds Fernandez and Agustin Ledesma 26 75 (10-8) after a deciding match tiebreak.

In the women’s singles final second seed Shuker gained her first career win over Australian top seed and world No. 7 Daniela di Toro, earning a 63 64 victory to add to her maiden ITF 1 Series title at the Belgian Open in 2010.

Shuker also partnered Germany’s Katharina Kruger to victory in the women’s doubles as the top seeds defeated Korea’s Myung-Hee Hwang and Ju-Yeon Park 62 61.

World No. 10 Hard clinched his first ITF 1 Series win after he avenged his loss to South Africa’s Lucas Sithole in the Korea Open final just over a week ago.

Hard beat Sithole 64 67(4) 61 in a hotly contested final after the two players had also paired up to win the quad doubles with a 61 60 victory over Korea’s Myoungsic Nam and Hang-So Wang.