07 Jun 2012

Women's and quad finalists decided in Daegu

Match Report

Photo: Jamie WilkinsonDaniela di Toro (AUS)

Top seeds Daniela di Toro of Australia and Lucy Shuker of Great Britain will contest the women's singles final at the Daegu Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while Anders Hard and Lucas Sithole will meet in their second quad singles final in a week in Korea Republic.

World No. 7 di Toro had a tough challenge from Germany's Katharina Kruger in their women's semifinal, but the top seed and former world No. 1 won the big points en route to securing a 64 64 victory.

Second seed Shuker was more dominant in the other semifinal and defeated Japanese fourth seed Kanako Domori 63 61.

After winning his first ITF 1 Series title at last week's Korea Open South Africa's Lucas Sithole faces a rematch against top seed Anders Hard of Sweden in the quad singles final.

Second seed Sithole, who has moved up to a new career high ranking of No. 8 this week, eased past Stephane Erismann of France in his semifinal, but top seed Hard was even more dominant and won his semifinal against Korean fourth seed Ho-Sang Wang 61 60.

Argentina's Gustavo Fernandez eased in the semifinals of the men's singles after beating fifth seed Ben Weekes of Australia 63 60. Fernandez will now play Belgian fourth seed Joachim Gerard for the third time in three Asian tournaments in the last month after Gerard edged through his quarterfinal against sixth seed Agustin Ledesma 75 63, thereby ending the possibility of an all-Argentinean semifinal.

In the bottom half of the men's draw there will be an all-Japanese semifinal after second seed Takashi Sanada beat Frenchman David Dalmasso 61 61, while third seed Satoshi Saida defeated Britain's David Phillipson 63 63.