06 Jan 2012

Legner beats Weekes to reach Queensland semis

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Photo: Bernard PacalinMartin Legner (AUT)

Martin Legner of Austria defeated Australian fourth seed Ben Weekes on the second day of the Queensland Open to reach the first men’s semifinal line-up of the 2012 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Former world No. 3 Legner, currently world ranked No. 18 came from a set down before dominating the final set of his quarterfinal against Weekes to prevail 36 64 60.  Legner’s victory means that three of Saturday’s four semifinalists are unseeded, with the Austrian now set to go head-to-head with Briton Marc McCarroll.

After his first day victory over second seed Takashi Sanada, McCarroll held off Frederic Cazeaudumec of France 76(2) 62 to book his place in the last four and maintain his bid to try and regain the title he won in 2010.

In the top half of the draw former world No. 1 Michael Jeremiasz of France, the only one of the four seeds left in the men’s main draw, will play David Phillipson of Great Britain.  Third seed Jeremiasz, a quarterfinalist in Brisbane in 2010, held off a strong early challenge from Japan’s Takuya Miki at the same stage of this year’s tournament before going on to secure comfortable 64 60 victory.

Meanwhile, Phillipson came through a three set match for the second day in success as he kept his challenge alive against Dutchman Tom Egberink en route to a 46 75 60 victory.

All four seeds reach women’s semifinals

All four seeds reached the women’s singles semifinals with relative ease, with an all-German line-up confirmed for the top half of the draw.

Top seed Sabine Ellerbrock, who beat fifth seed Kanako Domori of Japan 62 61 in her quarterfinal,  will meet fourth seed Katharina Kruger for a place in the final after Kruger came though her last eight contest against French sixth seed Christine Schoenn 62 63.     

In the bottom half of the draw second seed Daniela di Toro of Australia beat British eighth seed Louise Hunt 62 61. Di Toro will now meet South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane for the very first time on the NEC Tour after Montjane eased through her quarterfinal against unseeded Chilean player Maria Antonieta Ortiz 62 60.

It was a rest day in the quad singles, before all the main draw semifinals take place on Saturday.

However, missing from the semifinals will be men’s doubles second seeds Egberink and Legner, who lost their opening match against the British duo of McCarroll and Gordon Reid 76 61.