Photo: Mathilde DusolMarco Innocenti (ITA)
The surprise results kept coming during Friday’s third day of the VINCI Czech Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as Emmy Kaiser and Michaela Spaanstra reached the women’s singles final and Marco Innocenti ended the quad singles title defence of top seed Antony Cotterill.
A day after beating German second seed Bianca Osterer to reach her first ITF 2 Series semifinal, 35-year-old Spaanstra defeated French third seed Christine Schoenn 36 62 76(5) to reach her first NEC Tour singles final.
The Dutchwoman bounced back from dropping the opening set to take a 5-0 lead in the second set and then came from 4-0 down as the match neared its climax to clinch her second final set tiebreak victory in three days in Prostejov.
While Spaanstra is playing only her third NEC Tour event this week, fourth seed Kaiser is seeking her third singles title in three weeks after winning the Tournoi d’Antibes and the Polish Open. The American moved closer to that objective with a straight sets win over top seed Katharina Kruger, earning a 63 75 win to ended the German challenge in the singles event.
However there is guaranteed to be a German winner in the women’s doubles as top seeds Kruger and Schoenn and second seeds Kaiser and Osterer have reached the final in straight sets.
Innocenti and Jonsson into quad singles final
Innocenti will play Sweden’s Marcus Jonsson in the quad singles final after the Italian ended Coitterill’s title defence and the Briton’s bid for back-to-back ITF 2 Series singles titles.
Despite currently being world ranked No. 65, Innocenti showed why he is a former world No. 9 as he recovered from a set down to beat the current world No. 9 and last week’s Polish Open champion 46 60 64. In the other semifinal second seed Jonsson moved into his first ITF 2 Series final after easing past Russia’s Konstantin Donskoy 61 60.
Innocenti and Jonsson will also meet in the deciding doubles match, too after Innocenti partnered fellow Italian Alfredo Di Cosmo to beat Sweden’s Petter Edstrom and Austria’s Peter Tatschl 60 61 in the second of three round-robin matches. Innocenti and Alfredo will now play Cotterill and Jonsson to decide the title.
Top four seeds into men’s semifinals
After a dramatic second day in the men’s singles, the quarterfinals all went according to the seeding.
Like Kaiser, Frenchman Frederic Cattaneo retains hopes of adding the Czech Open title to victory at the Polish Open after the top seed beat Australian fifth seed Adam Kellerman 63 64.
Cattaneo will now face third seed Tadeusz Kruszelnicki after Kruszelnicki’s 62 64 win over fellow Pole Piotr Jaroszeweski.
Meanwhile, British fourth seed Marc McCarroll beat sixth seed Steffen Sommerfeld of Germany 64 62 to set up a meeting with second seed Martin Legner after the Austrian ended home Czech Republic hopes with a commanding 60 60 win over the unseeded Misoslav Brychta.