Sarah Hunter of Canada produced the most notable result on Tuesday’s first day of the US Open USTA Wheelchair Tennis Championships, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour when she beat third seed Bryan Barten in the first round of the quad singles in St. Louis.
As Hunter and Barten, both tournament winners last weekend at the Sardinia Open and the PTR Championships, went head-to-head, former world No. 2 Hunter prevailed 75 46 64 in the match of the day. Hunter will go on to face David Buck, the American player that finished runner-up to Barten at the PTR Championships on Sunday.
With top seed David Wagner having a first round bye, the other two seeds in the quad singles progressed in straight sets, with former champion and second seed Nick Taylor powering to a 60 60 win over Britain’s Adam Field and British fourth seed Antony Cotterill beating David Jordan of USA for the second time in a week.
Francois Trawalter will be Wagner’s first opponent after he defeated Marc McLean 64 63, the same score by which Cotterill beat Jordan, while Canada’s Adrian Dieleman and USA’s Greg Hasterok both came through their opening matches 61 60.
Welch edges past Ledesma
Stephen Welch won the only three set contest among the six matches played in the men’s singles as the PTR Championships runner-up edged out Argentina’s Agustin Ledesma 63 67 63. Welch faces another Argentinean opponent in the quarterfinals when he plays second seed and world No. 5 Gustavo Fernandez.
A trio of French players advanced to the last eight, led by third seed Michael Jeremiasz, who beat Colombia’s Eliecer Oquendo 60 60.
Thomas Vinatier beat USA’s Sergio Naduville 60 61 and with Vinatier now set to play world No. 1 Stephane Houdet, a French semi-finalist is guaranteed.
Yoann Quilliou made it a good day for the French players when he beat Canada’s Philippe Bedard 60 76(3), with Quilliou earning himself a quarterfinal against British fourth seed Gordon Reid, who celebrated his 21st birthday with a 60 62 win over Brazil’s Pedro Rocha.
Australia’s Ben Weekes made it a disappointing day for the Canadian players when he defeated Eric Gilbert 63 62 to set up a quarterfinal against Jeremiasz.
Shuker and Walraven to meet in women’s semifinals
With world No. 3 and top seed Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany having a first round bye, Sharon Walraven of the Netherlands, Lucy Shuker of Great Britain and Francisca Mardones of Chile joined Ellerbrock in the women’s singles semifinals after each recording straight sets wins.
Two days after beating Germany’s Katharina Kruger in the women’s singles final at the PTR Championships, Shuker beat Kruger 62 64 to earn a last four contest against second seed Walraven, who eased past Canada’s Yuka Chokyu 60 63.
Current world No. 7 Walraven and world No. 8 Walraven will meet in an NEC Tour semifinal in USA for the second time this season after Shuker won their match May’s Atlanta Open, but Walraven is the only one of the two players to have yet made it to a Super Series singles final.
Mardones reached her first Super Series semifinal after easing past Switzerland’s Annabelle Ribeaud 60 60 to book her place against Ellerbrock.
US Open USTA Wheelchair Tennis Championships Draws