13 Jul 2012

Reid and di Toro upset seedings in Geneva

Match Report

Photo: Reg CaldecottGordon Reid (GBR)

Britain’s world No. 10 Gordon Reid will join the top three seeded players in Saturday’s men’s singles semifinals at the Swiss Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while Daniela di Toro of Australia will join the top three seeds in the last four of the women’s singles in Geneva.

Fifth seed Reid and fourth seed Michael Jeremiasz of France saw big shifts in momentum in the opening two sets of their men’s quarterfinal. However, Reid held on in the decider to record his second career victory over former world No. 1 Jeremiasz 61 16 64.

Reid will face world No. 2 Maikel Scheffers of France in the semifinals after the defending champion eased through his quarterfinal against seventh seed Frederic Cattaneo of France 62 62.

In the top half of the draw world No. 1 Stephane Houdet had a much better time than his countrymen Jeremiasz and Cattaneo as he recorded a 63 61 victory over Belgian eighth seed Joachim Gerard.

Houdet will play Japan’s world No. 4 Shingo Kunieda in what should be another fascinating semifinal after third seed Kunieda wasted little time in defeating his compatriot Satoshi Saida 61 60.

With Houdet and Kunieda having each beaten the other in final set tiebreaks last month at Roland Garros and the BNP Paribas French Open, the spectators in Geneva are like to witness an enticing contest for a place in the final of this week’s ITF 1 Series tournament.

Di Toro beats Sevenans to reach last four

World No. 7 di Toro denied fourth seed Annick Sevenans a second successive Swiss Open semifinal berth after getting the better of a hotly contested opening set against her Belgian opponent in their quarterfinal.

Di Toro went on to win 75 61 and will now hope she can turn the clock back when she plays world No. 1 Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands in Saturday’s semifinals, since she is the last player to have beaten the Dutchwoman, albeit back at the end of January 2003.

Vergeer’s passage to the semifinals came more prematurely than she could have anticipated after her British opponent Jordanne Whiley sustained a wrist injury during their first set and was forced to retire when trailing Vergeer 4-1.

A year ago Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock and Britain’s Lucy Shuker met in the Swiss Open semifinals, with Ellerbrock winning in two close sets. This time they met in the last eight and while Shuker took her higher ranked opponent to three sets the final outcome was still the same as third seed Ellerbrock progressed 64 67(7) 63 in what was undoubtedly the match of the day.

Ellerbrock now  faces world No. 2 Aniek van Koot in a rematch of last year’s final after van Koot kept her title defence on track and prevented an all-German semifinal when she eased to a 61 62 win over eighth seed Katharina Kruger.

The men’s doubles final will feature the top two seeded pairings after Beijing Paralympic gold medallists and top seeds Houdet and Jeremiasz beat Beijing Paralympic bronze medallists Kunieda and Saida 63 63.

In the other semifinal Reid and Scheffers beat fourth seeds Cattaneo and Austrian Martin Legner 62 36 61.

Two-time Paralympic champions Vergeer and Maaike Smit will roll back the clock in the women’s doubles final as they take on second seeds Kanako Domori of Japan and Kruger.

After Whiley sustained her wrist injury she was unable to take to the court with fellow Brit Lucy Shuker for their scheduled doubles semifinal, giving Vergeer and Smit a walkover.

Meanwhile, Domori and Kruger secured a 61 64 victory over Johana Martinez of Colombia and Brazil’s Natalia Mayara.

After a rest day for the quad division players Saturday’s penultimate day of play will also include both quad singles semifinals.