01 Jul 2012

Legner, Lauro and Laudan win in Croatia

Match Report

Maximillian Laudan (GER)

Martin Legner of Austria, Italy’s Marianna Lauro and Maximillian Laudan of Germany won the men’s. Women’s and quad singles titles at the Arcotel-Rezidencija 55 Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Zagreb, Croatia.

With all four men’s seeds reaching the main draw semifinals, fourth seed and  defending champion Fabian Mazzei of Italy put up a tremendous performance to defeat Polish second seed Tadeusz Kruszelnicki 63 67(7) 76(5) and earn his place in the final of the ITF 2 Series tournament for the second successive year.

Meanwhile, top seed Legner faced a tough semifinal against the powerful French third seed David Dalmasso, but Legner won the big points to prevail 75 76(3) and then had fewer problems in the final as he eased past Mazzei 60 61.

While Mazzei was unable to secure a successful title defence, top seed Marianna Lauro ensured that one of the singles titles would go back to Italy when she eased to the women’s title.

Lauro and second seed Bianca Osterer of Germany reached the final after successive straight sets wins before Lauro completed the tournament  having dropped a total of just four games as she claimed the title 62 61.

With Osterer having to be content with runners-up honours, her compatriot Maximillian Laudan caused an upset in the quad singles as well as partnering his brother to the quad doubles title.

Maximillian beat Austrian second seed Peter Tatschl 60 63 in the semifinals of the singles and then defeated recent Polish Open and Czech Open champion Antony Cotterill of Great Britain 64 36 61 in the final. Maximillian and Marcus Laudan beat Cotterill and Tatschl 64 4 in another closely fought contest for the quad doubles title.

Legner and Kruszelnicki justified their top seeding to win the men’s doubles title after a thrilling contest in which they edged out Dalmasso and Mazzei 63 67(4) (10-8) after a deciding match tiebreak.

By comparison, the women’s doubles final resulted in a comfortable victory for Lauro and Osterer, who beat Ukraine’s Olena Shyngaryova and Turkey’s Busra Un 60 61.

Outside of the quest for titles and world ranking points the tournament also hosted a one up, one down wheelchair tennis exhibition that involved Kruszelnicki, his fellow Pole Kamil Fabisiak and former Croatian players Saša Hiržon and Goran Prpić.

To view the final draws click here.