31 May 2012

Sithole upsets top seed Burdekin

Match Report

Photo: Reg CaldecottLucas Sithole (RSA)

Lucas Sithole upset top seed Jamie Burdekin on Thursday as the South African world No. 10 moved into Saturday’s quad singles final at the Korea Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, where he will meet second seed Anders Hard of Sweden.

Meanwhile, Japanese fifth seed Takashi Sanada was in sensational form as he beat fourth seed Frederic Cattaneo  to join the top three seeded players in the men’s singles semifinals and top seed Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands progressed to the women’ singles final against Australian third seed Daniela di Toro.

Sithole upsets Burdekin

Third seed Lucas Sithole reached his fourth NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour quad singles final of 2012 after a fine performance saw him defeat world No. 7 Jamie Burdekin 62 62.

The other semifinal produced a competitive contest, but second seed Hard won the important points to record a 63 63 win over Japanese fourth seed Shota Kawano.

All four players will meet each other in the quad doubles final, too, after top seeds Burdekin and Hard defeated Korea’s Myoungsic Nam and Ho-Sang Wang. Second seeds Kawano and Sithole beat French duo Stephane Erismann and Virgil Silva in the other semifinal.

Sanada makes men’s semifinals

After recently dropping out of the world’s top 10 Takashi Sanada produced a stirring performance against fourth seed Frederic Cattaneo to ease to a 60 60 victory in his men’s singles quarterfinal, while the top two seeded players both went to three sets before reaching the semifinals

Sanada will play top seed Gustavo Fernandez in the semifinals after the world No. 9 survived a monumental challenge form Belgium’s Joachim Gerard. Gerard only won two games in their recent Japan Open head-to-head, but snatched the first set this time before Fernandez came back to edge another two close sets for a 57 64 64 victory.

Sanada’s countryman and defending champion Satoshi Saida also dropped the first set of his quarterfinal against British seventh seed Marc McCarroll, but Saida kept his title defence alive 26 63 63 and will face another British opponent, third seed Gordon Reid, for a place in the final

World No. 10 Reid enjoyed a comfortable 63 61 quarterfinal win over eighth seed Ben Weekes of Australia.

Both men’s doubles semifinals were decided in match tiebreaks. Cattaneo and Gerard came back from winning just one game in the first set of their semifinal against top seeds McCarroll and Reid to win the next six games. A match remarkable for its shifts in momentum ended with third seeds Cattaneo and Gerard prevailing 16 60 (10-7).

In the other semifinal Korea’s Sang-Ho Oh and Saida followed up their quarterfinal victory over second seeds David Dalmasso and Lahcen Majdi of France by defeating fourth seeds Sanada  and Weekes 64 76(8) (10-8) after a thrilling contest.

Van Koot to play di Toro in women’s singles final

After finishing runner-up in the 2011 Korea Open, world No. 2 Aniek van Koot reached the final for the second successive year after a confident 62 62 win over fourth seed Lucy Shuker.

With two Britons in the semifinals, both exited in the last four as world No. 8 Daniela di Toro held off a strong first set challenge from the unseeded Jordanne Whiley to win her semifinal 64 62.

However, Shuker and Whiley will figure in the women’s doubles final after the top seeds beat Korean duo Myung-Hee Hwang and Ju-Yeon Park 62 61.

The recent Atlanta Open winners will face Japanese second seeds Kanako Domori and Yui Kamiji in the final after Domori and Kamiji’s 63 61 win over Britain’s Louise Hunt and Francisca Mardones of Chile.