12 Jul 2013

Jeremiasz beats Scheffers to reach Swiss semis

Match Report

Photo: Roy Smiljanic PhotographyMichael Jeremiasz (FRA)

Michael Jeremiasz beat world No. 3 and 2012 runner-up Maikel Scheffers for the third time successive time in their four meetings this season as the French world No. 8 moved into the men’s singles semifinals on Friday’s fourth day of the Swiss Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Geneva.

Jeremiasz reached his fourth ITF 1 Series semifinal of 2013 as he improved on his 2013 performance in Geneva after outstaying Dutch second seed Scheffers for a 64 75 victory. The former world No. 1 will now face world No. 4 Gordon Reid after the third seed came from 4-1 down in the second set of his quarterfinal to beat Belgian fifth seed Joachim Gerard 63 64.

Jeremiasz was one of five players, along with Reid and Gerard, who booked their places in the quarterfinals with 60 60 wins on Thursday, a day when his compatriot Nicolas Peifer yielded the most games of any of the winners in the last 16 after beating Switzerland’s Daniel Pellegrina 62 62.

Peifer went forward to an all-French quarterfinal against world No. 2 Stephane Houdet, but top seed Houdet prevailed in a hotly contested second set to advance 62 75. Houdet faces Argentina’s world No. 5 Gustavo Fernandez for a place in the final. Fernandez’s 60 60 win over Austrian Martin Legner was his second win in successive days without dropping a game.

With the men’s singles semifinalists decided, the women’s singles and quad singles both resume on Saturday’s penultimate day of play, the semifinalists in both events having already been decided earlier in the week.

World No. 1 Kgothatso Montjane and Chile’s Francisca Mardones go head-to-head for a place in the women’s singles final as British second seed Lucy Shuker takes on Dutch former world No. 1 Maaike Smit in the other semifinal.

World No. 1 David Wagner faces Greg Hasterok in the quad singles semifinals to decide which of the two players will represent USA in Sunday’s final. South African second seed Lucas Sithole and Sweden’s Marcus Jonsson contest the other semifinal.

Top seeds Reid and Jeremiasz will face second seeds Fernandez and Houdet in the men’s doubles final, while Sithole and Wagner will bid for their first quad doubles title together as they take on Hasterok and Italy’s Antonio Raffaele.

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