Japan Open champion Yui Kamiji and last week’s Korea Open champion Jordanne Whiley will meet for the second time in successive weeks to decide an ITF 1 Series title after both eased through their women’s singles semifinals on Thursay at the Daegu Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
After fourth seed Kanako Domori and Miho Nijo both came from as set down to win their rain-interrupted first round matches, Domori beat her compatriot 62 61 in their all-Japanese quarterfinal. However, Domori provided few problems for world No. 8 Whiley as the second seed advanced to Friday’s final 62 62.
Having been announced as doubles partners at Wimbledon next month close on the heels of winning their first tournament together in Seoul last week, Kamiji and Whiley will be on opposite sides of the next again in Daegu, with top seed Kamiji having come through her semifinal against Korea Republic’s third seed Ju-Yeon Park 64 61. Whiley will go into Friday’’s final unbeaten in three matches against Kamiji to date.
Sithole and Hasan set for rematch in quad singles final
There will be another repeat of a Korea Open final in the quad singles, with South Africa’s Lucas Sithole set to meet Malaysia’s Azman Hasan.
Top seed Sithole survived a challenging semifinal against Japanese fourth seed Mitsuteru Moroishi to progress 64 63. Hasan beat Korean fourth seed Ho Sang Wang four the second week in a row en route to the semifinals and dominated his semifinal against French second seed Stephane Erismann to win 61 60.
Sithole will be looking to add to the Korea Open title he won last week, when coming from behind to defeat Hasan in three close sets.
Miki faces tough semifinal challenge against Sanada
After beating his countryman Satosi Saida in the men’s singles final at last week’s Korea Open to claim his first ITF 1 title, Japan’s Takuya Miki has beaten Saida in the quarterfinals of this week’s Daegu Open as the top four seeds advanced to the semifinals
Sixth seed Miki edged out Saida 63 57 64 and now has another fellow Japanese player between himself and a second successive final in Korea after fourth seed Takashi Sanada held off Frenchman David Dalmasso 63 63.
If Miki is to keep his challenge for a second successive title on track he will have to beat Sanada for the first time on the NEC Tour, with Sanada having won all five of their previous contests, most recently at April’s Kobe Open.
Sanada, second seed Ben Weekes and South African third seed Evans Maripa all dropped six games apiece in their quarterfinals, Weekes defeating Yoshinobu Fujimoto 62 64 to end the Japanese challenge in the bottom half of the draw, while Maripa held of Lahcen Majdi of France 63 63.
Malaysia’s Ariffahmi Zaquan Ariffin and Abu Samah Borhan have won two deciding championship tiebreaks en route to causing an upset in the men’s doubles. The wild card entries bounced back from the verge of defeat to beat French fourth seed Dalmasso and Majdi 16 76(7) (10-7) in their quarterfinal and will now come up against second seeds Sanada and Weekes.