Photo: Paul ZimmerKgothatso Montjane (RSA)
Defending champion Stephane Houdet of France will face Argentinean third seed Gustavo Fernandez in Sunday’s men’s singles final at the Pensacola Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
Fourth seed Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa will take on Dutch second seed Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands in the women’s final and an American winner of the quad singles is assured ahead of world No. 1 David Wagner facing second seed Nick Taylor.
World No. 2 Houdet will meet world No. 5 Fernandez for the first time since the Frenchman won their three set quarterfinal at the London 2012 Paralympics and for only the second time since Fernandez beat Houdet in the final of last May’s Japan Open.
Houdet eased past his compatriot and fourth seed Nicolas Peifer 60 62 in Saturday’s semifinals, with Fernandez defeating second seed Ronald Vink of the Netherlands 64 62. Sunday’s final will be a rematch of their meeting in the last 16 of the 2012 Pensacola Open, a contest that Houdet won in three sets.
Only one of the four previous head-to-heads between the two players has failed to go to three sets, that being in Fernandez’s 63 63 victory in the final of last year’s Japan Open, which makes for a highly anticipated final.
Montjane edges Kamiji to set up Buis final
Montjane ended a good week for world No. 11 Yui Kamiji after the South African world No 10 edged to a 64 36 64 win over the Japanese player who had started the week by beating world No. 1 Aniek van Koot.
Montjane’s only previous match against Kamiji had also ended in a three set victory at the 2012 World Team Cup and the fourth seed will now face world No. 5 Buis. Buis claimed a one-sided first set in her all-Dutch semifinal against Sharon Walraven, but Walraven dug deep in the second set and Buis saw match points disappear at 5-3 and 6-5 in the second set before finally sealing a 60 76(1) victory.
Three of the four women’s singles semifinalists were also involved in the women’s doubles final as top seeds Kamiji and Walraven beat second seeds Montjane and Germany’s Katharina Kruger 64 60.
Wagner, Taylor to contest quad singles final after doubles win
Wagner justified his top seeding to advance to the quad singles final after a straight sets win over British third seed Jamie Burdekin.
The last time the two players met Burdekin secured his one and only win to date over Wagner in the semifinals of the 2012 British Open, but Wagner built on an early lead at the Roger Scott Tennis Centre to earn a 61 64 victory.
Taylor was even more dominant in his semifinal as he posted a 61 61 win over fourth seed Lucas Sithole of South Africa.
Later in the day top seeds Taylor and Wagner retained their quad doubles title after beating Brits Burdekin and Antony Cotterill 63 63.