Photo: Gregory PicoutYui Kamiji (JPN)
Yui Kamji secured her second win of 2013 over world No. 1 Aniek van Koot on Saturday’s penultimate day of the BNP Paribas Open de France, ending the Dutchwoman’s women’s singles title defence and boosting her own chances of winning back-to-back Super Series titles on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
Japan Open champion and fourth seed Kamiji, who moved up to a career high ranking of No. 5 earlier this week after winning four of her last five singles events on the NEC Tour, will now face world No. 2 Sabine Ellerbrock in Sunday’s final after defeating van Koot 64 61.
Van Koot’s semifinal loss means that the world No. 1 ranking is within reach of Roland Garros champion Ellerbrock, who also had her Japan Open title defence ended in the semifinals by Kamiji last month, ahead of the Japanese player going on to win her first Super Series crown.
Ellerbrock secured her 12th successive win over Dutch world No. 4 Marjolein Buis in Friday’s semifinal in Antony, earning a 61 63 victory to reach her first Super Series singles final of the year.
Kamiji has already won the women’s doubles title after extending her unbeaten record partnering Britain’s Jordanne Whiley to two tournaments. The Korea Open champions will head to Wimbledon next week in fine form after beating top seeds Lucy Shuker of Great Britain and van Koot 62 64.
Scheffers recovers to edge out Gerard
A rematch of the Japan Open men’s singles final saw world No. 3 Maikel Scheffers facing the prospect of defeat as he went a set and 3-0 down to Belgian sixth seed Joachim Gerard, the player he beat to triumph in Iizuka City at the start of the month.
However, Scheffers fought back to force a second set tiebreak and went on to gain control of the deciding set for a 46 76(3) 62 victory.
Scheffers will face world No.1 Shingo Kunieda in Sunday’s final after Kunieda boosted hopes of a possible Japanese singles title double when defeating fourth seed Gordon Reid of Great Britain.
Reid had won the last contest between the two players, beating Kunieda for the first time in the semifinals of April’s SA Open, but Kunieda avenged that defeat and avoided being taken to a third set by Reid when wrapping up a 61 75 victory.
Kunieda and Scheffers will meet in the final in Antony for the second time in three years after Kunieda won their 2011 final in straight sets just two weeks after Scheffers had beaten the Japanese player in the final at Roland Garros.
Kunieda and Frenchman Stephane Houdet followed up their recent Roland Garros victory by claiming their second men’s doubles title in Paris this year, the top seeds beating second seeds Michael Jeremiasz of France and Scheffers 75 61.
Wagner to play Hard in quad singles final
Top seed David Wagner of USA moved to within a match of a possible sixth quad singles title in Antony after the world No. 1 beat Israeli sixth seed Shraga Weinberg 62 64.
Wagner will meet Swedish world No. 7 Anders Hard in the final after Hard prevented an all-American final despite being taken to three sets by fourth seed Greg Hasterok. Hard dominated the deciding set, which he won without dropping a game.
Like Kamiji and Kunieda, Wagner will also bid to end the tournament with singles and doubles titles after partnering Adrian Dieleman of Canada to victory in the quad doubles final. Second seeds Dieleman and Wagner recovered from a set down to beat top seeds Hasterok and Sarah Hunter 46 63 61.
Order of Play - Sunday, 30 June 2013
BNP Paribas Open de France Draws and Results