Photo: Philippe BuissinRonald Vink (NED)
World No. 4 Ronald Vink of the Netherlands won a roller coaster of a semifinal against Britain's Gordon Reid on Tuesday to reach the men's main draw single final at the Melbourne Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
With the windy weather making for unpredictable and hard conditions for all the players, Vink edged a tight first set against world No. 11 Reid, who proceeded to speed through the second set without the loss of a game. However, Vink turned the tables on the young Briton in the decider to eventually secure a 75 06 60 victory and earn the right to try and bring the unbeaten 2012 record of Michael Jeremiasz to an end.
Jeremiasz, already the winner of the Queensland Open and the Adelaide Open this season and the victor over world No. 1 Maikel Scheffers in Sunday's first round, again turned in a dominant performance in his semifinal to beat world No. 8 Satoshi Saida of Japan 63 61.
Vink will meet Reid again in Wednesday's British-Dutch men's doubles final. Vink and top seed Tom Egberink beat Japan's Mamoru Iwata and Takashi Sanada 61 64 in their semifinal.
Meanwhile, in the bottom half of the draw French duo Frederic Cattaneo and Frederic Cazeaudumec had already beaten second seeds Martin Legner and Saida to reach the semi-finals, but after having to go to a deciding champions tiebreak for the second successive match Cattaneo and Cazeaudumec were unable to capitalise on their early lead and third seeds Marc McCarroll and Reid fought back for a 26 61 (10-4) victory.
Top two Vergeer and van Koot to meet in women's final
Esther Vergeer's first tournament of 2012 is set to end as her 2011 season did, with a final against her fellow Dutchwoman and world No. 2 Aniek van Koot.
With two rounds of women's matches completed on the third day of competition in Melbourne, Vergeer defeated South African Kgothatso Montjane 61 60 to move into the semifinals and ended the day having dropped just the one game after defeating Britain's Jordanne Whiley 60 60. Whiley had earlier registered her second win in successive days against top 10 ranked opposition after edging world No. 5 Sabine Ellerbrock 63 75.
In the bottom half of the draw, Ellerbrock's German compatriot, eighth seed Katharina Kruger, edged the first set of her quarterfinal against Dutch world No. 4 Marjolein Buis and the two players were level at 5-5 in the second set when Buis was forced to retire with a shoulder problem.
Van Koot was another to find the wind difficult to play in before she completed a 62 76(2) victory over Belgian fifth seed Annick Sevenans in the last eight, but the second seed was far more dominant against Kruger in the semifinals, easing to a 62 61 win.
The women's doubles final will see British third seeds Louise Hunt and Whiley bid for their second successive doubles title after they repeated their Adelaide final win over second seeds Kruger and Montjane, winning 46 62 (10-5). Hunt and Whiley face top seeds Yui Kamiji and Yuko Okabe in the final after the Japanese duo clinched their semifinal against Yuka Chokyu of Canada and Kanako Domori of Japan 61 76(5).
Burdekin to meet Sithole in quad final
World No. 6 and top seed Jamie Burdekin will play South Africa's Lucas Sithole in the quad singles final after the British top seed won his semifinal against Japan's Mitsuteru Moroishi 60 76(5) after eventually beating the conditions and his opponent.
Third seed Sithole was pushed in both sets of his semifinal against American Greg Hasterok, but eventually won the points that mattered to seal a 64 64 victory.
Meanwhile, both quad doubles semifinals were closely contested, the Japanese pairing of Shota Kawano and Moroishi narrowly edging top seeds Burdekin and his fellow Brit John Parfitt 57 76(4) (10-7). Kawano and Moroishi will play Hasterok and Italy's Marco Innocenti in the final after the second seeds overcame Canada's Adrian Dieleman and Sithole 76(5) 64.