12 Aug 2013

Peifer, Ellerbrock, Raffaele clinch Austrian titles

Match Report

Nicolas Peifer (FRA)

Nicolas Peifer and Sabine Ellerbrock won their third men's and women’s singles titles in Gross Siegharts, while Antonio Raffaele claimed his first quad singles title of 2013 at the Austrian Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tour.

As the winners of the men’s singles title for the last three years wient head-to-head in this year’s final, world No. 9 Peifer took his unbeaten record over Tom Egberink to 13 matches as the Frenchman denied the Dutch second seed back-to-back Austrian Open titles.

Egberink got closer to top seed Peifer than he had in their previous two matches this season, but Peifer held on for a 64 76(3) victory to claim his third Austrian Open title, adding to his previous victories in 2010 and 2011.

Peifer had started Saturday's penultimate day still not certain of his semifinal opponent after Japan’s Takuya Miki and Germany’s Steffen Sommerfeld had to resume their quarterfinal which was interrupted by rain on Friday. However, having resumed at 2-1 up in the second set third seed Miki finally wrapped up a 61 63 victory

But a second singles win in a day proved beyond Miki as world No. 9 and top seed Peifer kept his challenge on track with a 61 62 win.

Egberink proved even more dominant in his semifinal, booking his place in his second successive Austrian Open final after defeating South African Evans Maripa 61 60.

Ellerbrock wins third women's singles title

World No. 1 Ellerbrock added to her own brace of titles at the ITF 2 Series tournament in 2010 and 2011 when dominating the all-German women’s singles final to beat second seed Bianca Osterer 61 60.

Osterer had better fortune in the women’s doubles final when joining forces with Russia’s Polina Shakirova to lift the title. Osterer and Shakirova defeated Austria’s Margrit Fink and Emmanuelle Morch of France 60 75.

Raffaele went one better than in 2012 in the quad singles, beating first-time NEC Tour singles finalist Ian Payne as the Italian secured a 62 62 victory.

Raffaele also added the quad doubles title after partnering Frenchman Sebastien Jance to victory. Raffaele and Jance beat Russia’s Konstantin Donskoy and Patrick Sappino of France 61 64.

Top seeds Adam Kellerman and Martin Legner claimed the men’s doubles title to retain their unbeaten record together after winning their second championship tiebreak in successive matches.

The Australian-Austrian partnership, who won the men’s doubles at the Queensland Open, the first tournament of the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour in the first week of January, edged out second seeds Egberink and Peifer 36 64 (10-7) in the final.

Austrian Open Final Draws