Photo: Susan Harris, Tennis AustraliaNoam Gershony (ISR)
NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters champion Noam Gershony of Israel won a thrilling quad singles semifinal on the third day of the GIO Sydney International Wheelchair Tennis Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, to set up the prospect of a fascinating final against world No. 1 David Wagner.
World No. 3 Gershony came from 4-2 down in the deciding set against Britain’s world No. 2 Peter Norfolk to edge to a 76(8) 67(2) 76(6) victory. Gershony will now face American top seed Wagner, who powered to a 61 62 victory over Briton Andrew Lapthorne in the other semifinal.
The men’s main draw singles final will see world No.1 Maikel Scheffers bid to avenge his first round defeat by former world No. 1 Michael Jeremiasz of France at the Melbourne Open. The Dutchman’s second tournament of 2012 this week at Sydney Olympic Park has seen him in much better form and he had much the better of his semifinal against unseeded Japanese player Takashi Sanada to gain a 62 61 win.
Jeremiasz had tough time in the second set of his semifinal against Dutch world No. 4 Ronald Vink, but held on to seal a 61 76(3) victory that preserves his unbeaten record for the season so far.
In the women’s single semifinals world No. 2 Aniek van Koot was stunned in the first set of her contest against former world No. 1 Daniela di Toro, but van Koot fought her way back into the match to etch out a narrow 06 63 64 victory.
The world’s top two ranked women’s players will go head-to-head in the all-Dutch final after Esther Vergeer eased to a 60 62 victory over Britain’s Jordanne Whiley in the other semifinal.