Photo: Dusan BarbusChristine Schoenn (FRA)
Austria’s Henriett Koosz ended the hopes of French second seed Christine Schoenn in the first round of the women’s singles as the Bavarian Indoor Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour and Europe’s first ITF 2 Series tournament of 2012, got underway in Nuremberg on Wednesday.
While Schoenn recently ended a succession of losses to Koosz when the two players met when representing their respective countries in the play-off final at the World Team Cup qualification event for Europe, the Austrian No. 1 regained the upper hand in Nuremberg as she earned a 63 64 victory to set up an intriguing quarterfinal against Italy’s Marianna Lauro.
Elsewhere, the remaining six first round matches brought few surprises as third seed Louise Hunt booked her place the last eight against Dorrie Timmermans of the Netherlands. Hunt will now bid to avenge her quarterfinal loss to Timmermans at the recent Northern Counties Tournament in Great Britain.
The pick of the women’s quarterfinals could be the contest between veteran Canadian Yuka Chokyu and German fourth seed Bianca Osterer, while Turkey’s Ebru Bulgurcu will take on German top seed Katharina Kruger after Kruger enjoyed a first round bye.
Men’s seeds progress with ease
All eight seeds reached the men’s main draw singles quarterfinals
Germany’s Peter Seidl gave the home fans an early boost as he came from behind against David Chabrecek, a player ranked more than 60 places above Seidl this week, to progress to the second round of the main draw 26 60 62. However, Seidl’s progress was halted later in the day when he was beaten Belgian third seed Joachim Gerard 61 62.
Dan Kleckner was another player to come from a set down in the first round as he edged out Germany’s Guido Nespethal 46 63 63. But again, Kleckner struggled in the second round against his compatriot and second seed Martin Legner as Legner dropped just one game en route to setting up a quarterfinal against French sixth seed Lahcen Majdi.
Also in the bottom half of the draw Gerard will play Polish eighth seed Piotr Jaroszewski for a place in the semifinals.
Two Frenchmen feature in the top half of the draw as fourth seed Frederic Cazeaudumec takes on seventh seed Laszlo Farkas of Hungary and fifth seed David Dalmasso plays Dutch top seed Tom Egberink.