27 Jun 2009

News Article

Dorrie Timmermans-van Hall (NED) will play Shraga Weinberg in Sunday's quad singles final at the BNP Paribas French Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after ending any prospects of an all Israeli final in Antony, Paris.

Fourth seed Timmermans-van Hall got the better of a tough semifinal against the unseeded Boaz Kramer, halting the Israeli No. 2 player's progress with a 63 64 victory.

The Dutch world No. 2 ranked quad division player will now face Weinberg, after the top seed eased in to the final with a 60 62 victory over third seed Antonio Raffaele (ITA).

The top two seeds will contest the men's and women's main draw singles finals. Women's top seeds Florence Gravellier (FRA) secured a 63 62 win in her semifinal against fourth seed Annick Sevnenans (BEL) to earn her place in Sunday's decider against second seed Sharon Walraven (NED), who booked her place in the final on Friday.

Top seeds in to men's and women's singles finals

However, Stephane Houdet (FRA) and Maikel Scheffers (NED) both had tougher men's main draw semifinals.

Top seed Houdet and second seed Scheffers both came through 75 63 against third seed Martin Legner (AUT) and fifth seed Peter Wikstrom (SWE) respectively.

Houdet and Scheffers will meet for the fifth time this season, their only previous final so far in 2009 having come at April's Florida Open. Scheffers will be bidding for his first win over Houdet in nine NEC Tour head-to-heads.

Wimbledon-bound partnerships collect doubles titles

Houdet and Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) and Gravellier and Jiske Griffioen (NED) won their last doubles events before heading to Wimbledon next week.

Meanwhile, Weinberg and Kramer clinched the quad doubles title at the ITF 1 Series tournament.

The women's doubles final provided the match of the during the penultimate day of action in France.

Top seeds Gravellier and Griffioen were pushed all the way by second seeds Walraven and Sevenans in the women's doubles final, but eventually held on to prevail 75 46 64. Walraven will now come up against Gravellier and Griffioen again in the Wimbledon Wheelchair Doubles, when she pairs up with Katharina Kruger (GER) for Friday's opening day of action.

Top seeds Houdet and Jeremiasz needed little time to beat second seeds Legner and Wikstrom 61 61 in the men's main draw doubles final, with Wikstrom now set to face the French duo again when he pairs up with Stefan Olsson (SWE) for next Saturdays men's doubles action in London.

After losing out in the quad singles semifinals, Kramer gained some compensation in the quad doubles final as he paired up with Weinberg to beat Anders Hard (SWE) and Timmermans-van Hall. The Beijing Paralympic silver medallists on their third doubles title of the season 60 63.

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