Photo: James Jordan PhotographyGreg Hasterok (USA)
Greg Hasterok and David Wagner have ensured an American clean sweep of the quad singles and doubles titles at the Belgian Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after pairing up to win the quad doubles on the fourth day of play in Namur and both progressing to Saturday’s quad singles final.
Fourth Hasterok beat Sweden’s world No. 5 Anders Hard for just the second time in their seven head-to-heads as the world No. 10 secured a 64 75 victory to reach his first ITF 1 Series singles final.
Wagner held off a strong challenge from third seed Sarah Hunter of Canada to prevail 64 64 as the world No. 1 maintained his own personal dominance in Namur, moving to within one match of possibly taking his tally of Belgian Open quad singles titles into double figures.
Later in the day Hasterok clinched his first ITF 1 Series quad doubles title as he and Wagner, the runners-up at April’s Gauteng Open in South Africa, reached their second final together. Hasterok and Wagner beat Italy’s Marco Innocenti and Giuseppe Polidori 75 63.
Gerard and Fernandez into men’s singles final
World No. 4 Joachim Gerard will bid to follow up his first Super Series title by claiming major honours on home soil on Saturday, when the Belgian plays Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez in the men’s singles final.
Second seed Gerard, the winner of last weekend’s British Open, eased to a 62 61 victory over Japanese fourth seed Satoshi Saida in his semifinal to reach his first ITF 1 Series final of 2013.
The 24-year-old will now bid to avenge his three-set loss to Fernandez in the semifinals of the 2012 Belgian Open, although Gerard goes into their latest match having beaten Fernandez in the quarterfinals of the British Open just over a week ago.
Top seed Fernandez reached his second successive Belgian Open final after beating Australian sixth seed Adam Kellerman 63 64, although Kellerman declared himself happy with his performance on what was his 23rd birthday.
Top seeds Frederic Cattaneo of France and Martin Legner of Austria claimed the men’s doubles title after the closinging rounds of the event produce some fascinating matches. Cattaneo and Legner beat fourth seeds Fernandez and Carlos Anker of Netherlands 64 76(5) to reach the final, while Gerard and Mike Denayer won a championship tiebreak to beat second seeds Kellerman and Saida in the other semifinal.
Denayer and Gerard threatened another upset as they raced through the opening set of the final , but Cattaneo and Legner thwarted hopes of a home victory, taking the title 06 63 (10-3) after another deciding championship tiebreak.
Ellerbrock and Van Koot to contest women’s final
World No. 1 Sabine Ellerbrock and world No. 2 Aniek van Koot will contest their second major women’s singles final in the space of a week on Saturday, but both players had to come from a set down in their respective semifinals.
Ellerbrock had to recover from a slow start in her semifinal to keep her Belgian Open title defence alive.The German top seed slipped 4-0 behind against South African world No. 6, but although fourth seed Montjane withstood Ellerbrock’s comeback to snatch the opening set she was only able to win two more games as Ellerbrock secured her route to the final 46 61 61.
Van Koot’s semifinal against fellow Dutchwoman Marjolein Buis was one of several matches delayed by rain on the fourth day of play. Buis claimed the opening set, but van Koot led the second set 4-2 when played was interrupted. However, on the resumption van Koot continued her comeback to seal a 26 63 61 victory and end Buis’s hopes of reaching a second successive Belgian Open final.
If the British Open final is anything to go by, when Ellerbrock beat van Koot in three sets after dropping the opening set without winning a game, the latest clash between the world’s top two players could provide another thrilling encounter.
Saturday’s women’s doubles will feature the top two seeded partnerships as van Koot and fellow Dutchwoman Sharon Walraven take on Ellerbrock and Montjane.
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