Australian wheelchair tennis players are in top form leading into the London 2012 Paralympic Games, with some impressive results at the 25th Austrian Open (8 Aug–12 Aug 2012), the penultimate ITF 2 Series tournament before the London 2012 Paralympics.
Sydney-sider Adam Kellerman powered his way into men’s singles final before going down 6-2 6-7(8) 6-3 to Tom Egberink of the Netherlands. Fellow Australian Ben Weekes reached the quarterfinals but was beaten 6-1 3-6 6-2 by Kellerman.
In the doubles competition, Kellerman teamed up with Weekes, his Paralympics doubles partner, to reach the final before going down 7-6(5) 7-6(5) to Austrian and Italian duo Martin Legner and Fabian Mazzei.
In the women’s doubles, Janel Manns (NSW) paired with Korean player Ju-Yeon Park to gain a finals berth.
In other results, four-time Paralympian Daniela Di Toro (Vic) claimed the women’s singles crown on clay at the Salzburg Open (1-5 August 2012) over World No.4 Sabine Ellerbrock (GER). The Victorian then paired with Manns to reach the doubles final but German outfit of Ellerbrock and Katharina Kruger was too strong.
At the same event, dual Paralympian, Weekes, made a semifinals appearance, and then teamed with Kellerman to reach the semifinals of the doubles competition.
The London 2012 Paralympic Games swings into action from 29 August to 6 September.