Photo: William GreinerStephane Houdet (FRA)
World No. 10 Nicolcas Peifer came through a roller coaster of a match against fellow Frenchman Frederic Cattaneo to ensure that all four seeds reached the men’ singles semifinals on a rain-affected third day of play at the Cajun Classic, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while all four seeds also progressed to the women’s semis approaching the weekend in
Peifer was made to work hard by fifth seed Cattaneo, who was edged out in a first set tiebreak before dominating the second set. However, fourth seed Peifer finally managed to get on top in the decider to wrap up a 76(3) 16 61 win that earns him a semifinal against second seed Ronald Vink of the Netherlands, who eased to a 62 61 win over South African eighth seed Eliphas Maripa.
The other semifinal will be a rematch of last weekend’s Pensacola Open final, with French world No. 2 Stephane Houdet taking on world No. 4 Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina. Both players secured 62 62 wins in their respective quarterfinals against Australian opponents, Houdet beating seventh seed Adam Kellerman and Fernandez easing past sixth seed Ben Weekes.
After losing out to Fernandez in the final in Pensacola, Houdet will be eager to reverse that result as he bids to continue his title defence on Saturday.
Mardones joins women’s semifinalists
After the rain caused players contesting the quarterfinals to have to wait several hours before being able to get on court, world No. 1 Aniek van Koot negotiated a tough match against Germany’s Katharina Kruger before securing her place in the last four.
Van Koot eventually sealed a 64 63 win over Kruger and will now play Chile’s Francisca Mardones for a place in the final. Mardones beat Frenchwomen Cathy Portier 62 62 on a mixed day for the South American players after Dutch second seed Marjolein Buis beat Colombian Angelica Bernal 62 61 and fourth seed Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa earned a 61 61 win over Colombia’s Johana Martinez.
Montjane will now bid to beat Buis for the first time in eight meetings as the vie for a place in the final.
While it was a rest day in the quad singles, the quad doubles finalists were decided, with the same two pairings set to meet in a title decider for the second week in a row.
Quad doubles set for Anglo-American final
Three-time Paralympic champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner of USA eased through their semifinal against Japan’s Takahiro Koga and India’s Harry Boniface Prabhu 60 60. However, British second seeds Jamie Burdekin and Antony Cotterill had to work much harder to book their place in the final.
Burdekin and Cotterill eventually edged out Canada’s Adrian Dieleman and Gary Luker 64 36 (10-2) after a deciding match tiebreak to earn the chance of trying to overturn their loss to Taylor and Wagner in Pensacola.
With third seeds Maripa and Weekes having been upset in the first round of the men’s doubles by Rafael Medeiros and Daniel Rodrigues, the Brazilian duo were themselves beaten in the quarterfinals as Canada’s Philippe Bedard and Joel Dembe clinched a deciding match tiebreak to book their place in their first ITF 1 Series semifinal alongside the remaining seeded partnerships.