02 Aug 2017

Second Buis comeback earns British Open semifinal


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Photo: Tennis FoundationMarjolein Buis (NED)

For the second straight day Marjolein Bui recovered from a slow start before going on to book her place the women’s singles semifinals at the British Open, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

As all four top seeds in the women’s and quad singles made their way safely to the last four of their respective events, all eight seeds are into Thursday’s men’s singles quarterfinals, too, after former British Open champion Joachim Gerard fought back from the brink of defeat against Tom Egberink.

A day after winning a second set tiebreak to spark her recovery against world No. 8 Kgothatso Montjane, Buis produced a more assured second set against world No. 10 Dana Mathewson on Wednesday and won 12 of the last 14 games for a 26 61 61 that sees the Dutch fourth seed through to a semifinal against world No.1 Yui Kamiji.

While 2014 champion Kamiji opened her bid for a second British Open title by beating Colombia’s Angelica Bernal 63 60, the tournament’s 2013 champion Sabine Ellerbrock withstood a determined second set effort from British No. 1 Lucy Shuker to advance 61 76(3).

Ellerbrock now faces a rematch of the last month’s Wimbledon final against world No. 2 Diede de Groot, who began her latest British Open challenge with a routine 60 61 win against Japan’s Saki Takamuro 60 61.

Gerard fightback ends Egberink challenge

Fifth seed Gerard’s first Super Series challenge since shoulder surgery in May looked to be petering out when he trailed Egberink in the second set of their second round men’s singles match,. However,  the 2013 British Open champion managed to change the momentum to eventually record a 57 75 62 win that sets up a quarterfinal against current world No.3 Alfie Hewett.

Hewett’s bid to make his second Super Series final of 2017 could not have been much more straightforward as he beat fellow young Brit and 2016 British Open junior champion Ruairi Logan 60 60.

With Shingo Kunieda having already booked his place in the last eight, Japan’s five-time British Open champion will play current world No. 1 Gustavo Fernandez for a place in this year’s semifinals in Nottingham after the Argentinian top seed’s  75 62 win over South Africa’s Evans Maripa.

Wimbledon finalists Fernandez and Stefan Olsson are in the same half of the draw in Nottingham this week and a rematch of their final on the grass at SW19 last month remains a possibility after Wimbledon champion Olsson extended his winning sequence in Britain with a 62 60 victory over world No. 10 Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands.

Olsson’s opening win set up an intriguing quarterfinal against third seed Stephane Houdet after the Frenchman began his campaign for a third straight British Open title by defeating Japan’s Takuya Miki 64 64.

Two Frenchmen contest quarterfinals in the bottom half of the men’s draw after sixth seed Nicolas Peifer claimed his eight successive win over Japan’s Takashi Sanada to progress 63 16 62.

Peifer next faces two-time British Open finalist and world No.2 Gordon Reid. With Reid and Hewett taking the home challenge for a first British winner of the men’ singles title in Nottingham  into Thursday’s last eight, second seed Reid booked his quarterfinal berth this year after defeating Brazil’s Daniel Rodrigues 64 62

Lapthorne and Sithole set for 2015 British Open final rematch

The quad singles semifinals will see a rematch of the 2015 British Open final between Brit Andy Lapthorne and South Africa’s Lucas Sithole, while the other semifinal will see a rematch of last Sunday’s Belgian Open final featuring David Wagner and Heath Davidson.

Lapthorne came from a break down in the second set of his quarterfinal to defeat Brazil’s Ymanitu for the sixth time, eventually wrapping up his sixth straight sets win in their head-to-heads 61 64.

After making history in 2013 by becoming the first African player to win a Super Series wheelchair tennis title, Sithole denied the home fans an all-British semifinal and progressed his own bid for a third British Open title after sealing 62 64 win over Antony Cotterill.

Fourth seed Davidson’s seeking to claim a third Australian title in the quad singles in three years after 2014 and 2016 wins for Dylan Alcott.

At a career best world No.6 this week after reaching the Belgian Open final against Wagner, Davidson had a difficult time in his latest match-up against a player from the USA as Bryan Barten  battled to try an set up an all-American semifinal.  However, Davidson eventually pulled through 67(5) 63 64.

Meanwhile, 2007 and 2009 British Open champion Wagner progressed his bid for a third title in Nottingham by defeating home town favourite James Shaw 61 62 in their quarterfinal.

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