Photo: Pressefoto LauxJoachim Gerard (BEL)
Joachim Gerard, Sabine Ellerbrock and Sarah Hunter won the men’s, women’s and quad singles titles as the 21st Designer Outlet Salzburg Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, drew to a close on Sunday in Austria.
Top seed Gerard, contesting his third successive men’s singles final on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, eased to his second title in three weeks. The world No. 4 needed just 40 minutes to defeat French second seed Nicolas Peifer 60 61 as Peifer struggled with a right hand injury.
“Nico didn’t play his best tennis today and I kept on staying focused and played my game!”, said Gerard, who claimed his latest title just days after being among the world’s top eight ranked men’s players confirmed for September’s US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition.
World No. 1 Ellerbrock matched Gerard’s sequence of success as she also claimed her second title after three successive NEC Tour finals.
While they contested the men’s singles final, Gerard and Peifer were edged out in the men’s doubles final on Saturday’s penultimate day of play as Frederic Cattaneo of France and Martin Legner of Austria won their fifth title together of the season and their second ITF 1 Series title in as many weeks.
After coming from a set down to win the Belgian Open title the previous weekend, Cattaneo and Legner again joined forces for another victory after defeating Gerard and Peifer 64 67 64.
Ellerbrock claims women’s title
Ellerbrock didn’t have things all her own way in the first two sets of the women’s singles final, but dominated the third and final set against Dutch second seed Sharon Walraven to wrap up a 63 26 60 victory.
“I was too passive in the second set and you can’t do this against Sharon,” said Ellerbrock, while Walraven declared herself happy with her performance.
Ellerbrock ended the title with both the women’s singles and doubles titles after partnering Italy’s Marianna Lauro, the player she had beaten in the singles semifinal, to victory. Ellerbrock and Lauro beat second seeds Christine Schoenn of France and Walraven 64 61 in the doubles final.
Hunter wins first ITF 1 title of 2013
Canada’s Hunter, the only female player in the top 30 of the quad singles rankings, claimed her first ITF 1 Series title since the 2012 Sardinia Open as she won the points that mattered to defeat Italy’s Marco Innocenti 64 64 on her first visit to Salzburg.
Innocenti had been bidding for his second title of the tournament after partnering his countryman Giuseppe Polidori to win the quad doubles. With three Italian players in the final, second seeds Innocenti and Polidori, the runners-up at the Belgian Open a week earlier, won their first title together since December 2011 when they beat tops seeds Antony Cotterill of Great Britain and Antonio Raffaele 75 60.
Austria’s Nico Langmann was the youngest winner on the last day of play when he won the men’s consolation singles final after beating South Africa’s Leon Els 76 63.