Photo: Reg CaldecottJordanne Whiley (GBR)
Fifth seed Jordanne Whiley pulled off the first significant upset of the week on Friday’s third day of the Airports Company South Africa Gauteng Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, when she beat fellow Brit and second seed Lucy Shuker to reach the women’s singles semifinals in Benoni.
On a day when all the singles quarterfinals took place, Whiley secured what is just her third
career win over Shuker on the NEC Tour after coming from 5-3 down and set point down in the opening set to secure a 75 60 victory.
Whiley will face third seed and home favourite Kgotahtso Montjane for a place in the final after the world No. 7 and defending champion wrapped up a 60 63 win over fellow South African and seventh seed Rose van der Meer.
Dutch top seed Jiske Griffioen and fourth seed Katharina Kruger of Germany will contest the
other semifinal. World No. 3 Griffioen eased through her quarterfinal against sixth seed Christine Schoenn of France 60 61, with Kruger denting South African hopes after beating Mabel Mankgele 62 62.
Top four men’s seeds into semifinals
In the men’s singles world No. 4 Gustavo Fernandez stayed on course for what would be a third successive ITF 1 Series title after the Argentinean second seed beat Frederic Cattaneo 61 63 on what was a mixed day for the French players.
Fernandez will play world No. 9 Michael Jeremiasz of France for a place in the final after Jeremiasz ended Yoshinobu Fujimoto’s bid for a place in his second successive Gauteng Open semifinal 61 60.
It was also a mixed day for the three Japanese players in the men’s quarterfinals and while Fujimoto lost out to Jeremiasz, world No. 1 Shingo Kunieda continued to impress the South African crowds after beating Nicolas Peifer 61 61, thereby ending Peifer’s hopes of reaching his second ITF 1 Series final after finishing runner-up to Fernandez in last month’s Cajun Classic.
Kunieda faces British third seed Gordon Reid in the last four after world No. 7 Reid ensured there would be no all-Japanese semifinal when he eased past seventh seed Takuya Miki 60 62.
Lapthorne battles back to reach quad semis
Second seed Andy Lapthorne had to overcome illness as well as his opponent before finally coming from a set down to beat American Greg Hasterok 57 62 64 in his quad singles quarterfinal. Lapthorne will now come up against defending champion Lucas Sithole after the South African third seed secured a comfortable 61 60 win over his compatriot Bongani Dlamini.
A North American player will be in Sunday’s final after David Wagner and Sarah Hunter came through their quarterfinals in the top half of the draw. World No. 1 Wagner outclassed South Africa’s Queen Hhlapo for a 60 60 win, with fourth seed Hunter also proving dominant as she defeated USA’s Marc McLean 61 62.