Israel’s Gershony Pulls Stunner to Advance to Finals in Sydney

23 Jan 2012
David Wagner

David Wagner (USA) in action against Peter Norfolk (GBR) in the Men's Quad Wheelchair Singles Final during day thirteen of the 2011 Australian Open.

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NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters champion Noam Gershony of Israel won his quad singles semi-final on the third day of the GIO Sydney International Wheelchair Tennis Open to set up a final against world No. 1 David Wagner.

World No. 3 Gershony came from 4-2 down in the deciding set against No. 2 Peter Norfolk of Great Britain to come away with a 7-6(8), 6-7(2) 7-6(6) victory. Gershony will now face American top seed Wagner, who powered to a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Briton Andrew Lapthorne in the other semi-final.

In the men’s main draw singles final, No.1 Maikel Scheffers will try to avenge his first-round defeat by former world No. 1 Michael Jeremiasz of France at the Melbourne Open. The Dutchman reached the final following a 6-2, 6-1 semi-final win against unseeded Japanese player Takashi Sanada.

Jeremiasz had a tough second set in his semi-final against Dutch world No. 4 Ronald Vink, but held on to seal a 6-1, 7-6(3) victory to remain unbeaten so far this season.

In the women’s singles semi-finals, No. 2 Aniek van Koot was stunned in the first set of her contest against former world No. 1 Daniela di Toro, but van Koot fought her way back into the match to narrowly edge a 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.

The world’s top two ranked women’s players will go head-to-head in the all-Dutch final after Esther Vergeer eased to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Britain’s Jordanne Whiley in the other semi-final.