13 Jan 2012

Jeremiasz, di Toro and Sithole win in Adelaide

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Photo: Jacques CatoLucas Sithole (RSA)

Former world No. 1 Michael Jeremiasz of France remains unbeaten on the 2012 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour after the Be Active Adelaide Open came to its conclusion on Friday. 

Jeremiasz moved ever close to a return to the world’s top 10 after winning the men’s main draw singles, while Australian top seed Daniela di Toro won the women’s singles and South Africa’s Lucas Sithole clinched the quad singles title.

After his victory last week at the Queensland Open, where Jeremiasz won the final in straight sets for the loss of just three games, he had a less straight forward task in Adelaide against fourth seed Takashi Sanada of Japan, but held on in the deciding set to win 62 26 63.

Top seed Daniela di Toro went one better than her runners-up spot in Brisbane to win the women’s singles.  The world No. 6 held off a strong first set challenge from new world No. 10 Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa, but then powered through the second set to record a 75 60 victory.

While Montjane had to settle for runners-up honours, there was South African success in the quad singles as Sithole put up an impressive display to defeat Japan’s Shota Kawano 62 62.

After his loss in the singles final, Saida did leave Adelaide with the men’s doubles title at the end of a week in which he renewed a successful partnership with Austria’s Martin Legner.

The former two-time Doubles Masters champions and second seeds defeated Frederic Cattaneo of France and Alex Jewitt of Great Britain 61 75.

There was British success in both the women’s doubles and quad doubles finals.

Second seeds Louise Hunt and Jordanne Whiley upset top seeds Katharina Kruger of Germany and Montjane to win a tense women’s doubles final 10-8 in a championship tie-break in the deciding set.

Meanwhile, Sithole clinched his second title of the day after partnering Briton John Parfitt to beat the second seeds, Greg Hasterok of USA and Marco Innocenti of Italy, 61 75.