Photo: Reg CaldecottSabine Ellerbrock (GER)
Michael Jeremiasz of France, Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock and Greg Hasterok of USA won the first main draw titles on the 2012 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour on Sunday when winning the men’s singles, women’s singles and quad singles finals at the Queensland Open in Brisbane.
With the closing stages of the ITF 2 Series tournament taking place at the Queensland Tennis Centre alongside the Brisbane International and subsequently enjoying some large crowds, the undoubted highlight of the final day was the women’s singles final, as top seed Ellerbrock held off the challenge of home favourite and second seed Daniela di Toro in a final set tiebreak.
World No. 6 Ellerbrock prevailed 61 46 76(5) against the Australian defending champion.
Third seed Jeremiasz defeated Austrian former world No. 3 Martin Legner for the 15th successive time in the men’s singles final. Jeremiasz, unbeaten against Legner since 2004, gained a 61 62 victory as the final day of the ITF 2 Series tournament took place in extremely high temperatures.
After Hasterok won the first set of the quad singles final 7-5, is opponent and top seed Marco Innocenti was forced to retire giving Hasterok his first ITF 2 Series title.
Jeremiasz ended the tournament with a brace of titles. The Beijing Paralympic men’s doubles gold medallist partnered his compatriot Frederic Cazeaudumec of France on this occasion as the French duo defeated 2010 champions and second seeds Marc McCarroll and Gordon Reid of Great Britain 64 75.
The women’s doubles title went to second seeds Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa and Christine Schoenn of France after the second seeds held on in another enthralling final to defeat Japanese Kanako Domori and Yuko Okabe 64 57 62.