Photo: Mathilde DusolMichael Jeremiasz (FRA)
Two rounds of men’s main draw singles matches provided plenty of fascinating outcomes on the second day of actual play at the Cajun Classic, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, including Michael Jeremiasz’s second victory of 2012 over Dutch world No. 1 Maikel Scheffers.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s Lucas Sithole defeated American third seed Nick Taylor in the quad singles as all the main draw singles events in Baton Rouge arrived at their semifinal line-ups.
Jeremiasz was taken to three sets for the second time this season by Britain’s Gordon Reid in their men’s singles second round match, but the French world No. 8 fought back to dominate the closing stages of the match and prevailed 46 63 60.
While Scheffers eased to a 61 61 victory over Japan’s Takuya Miki in his second round match, the Dutch top seed and Scheffers also went to a deciding set for the second time this season in their enthralling quarterfinal match-up. However, again Jeremiasz dug deep in a contest only decided by the odd break in either set and eventually extended his unbeaten sequence for 2012 to 20 matches as he edged to a 64 57 64 victory.
Tom Egberink joined Gustavo Fernandez as one of only two unseeded players to reach the men’s quarterfinals after he defeated Japanese seventh seed Satoshi Saida 67(6) 62 64, but Egberink’s progress was halted in no uncertain terms in the last as his Dutch compatriot and fourth seed Ronald Vink powered his way to a 60 61 victory over Egberink. Vink’s victory over Egberink sets up another eagerly anticipated contest against Jeremiasz in the last four, with Vink being the only player so far this season to take Jeremiasz to third set tiebreak.
In the bottom half of the men’s draw Korea’s Sam-Ju Kim gave fifth seed and former world No. 1 Robin Ammerlaan a fright before Ammerlaan eventually pulled through their second round match 63 46 63. However, Ammerlaan was unable to progressed any further after a 61 60 loss to French world No. 2 Stephane Houdet in the last eight.
Houdet joins Vink and fellow Frenchman Nicolas Peifer in progressing to the semifinals after three relatively comfortable straight sets victories and third seed Peifer proved that he was in fine form as he continued his Cajun Classic title defence with a 61 64 quarterfinal victory over Fernandez, as the former and current world No. 1 ranked juniors and Junior Masters champions went head-to-head.
Sevenans joins Dutch trio in women’s semifinals
Jiske Griffioen’s second NEC Tour match of 2012 provided the most comprehensive win in the four women’s singles quarterfinal matches as she eased past Britain’s Jordanne Whiley, the only non-seed to reach the last eight, 63 61.
Elsewhere, fifth seed Annick Sevenans of Belgium produced a minor upset as she outlasted German fourth seed Sabine Ellerbrock to win their quarterfinal 61 57 75. After breaking her sequence of three losses to Ellerbrock in their last three matches, world No. 6 Sevenans will now take on Griffioen in the semifinals.
Meanwhile, sixth seed Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa gave world No. 2 and top seed Aniek van Koot plenty to think about before van Koot secured the points that mattered to advance to the last four 76(3) 75.
Van Koot will face fourth seed Marjolein Buis in an all-Dutch semifinal after world No. 4 Buis battled her way through the only all-Dutch quarterfinal to edge out world No. 7 Sharon Walraven 76(6) 64.
Sithole defeats Taylor in quad singles quarterfinals
Lucas Sithole provided the main headline in the quad singles quarterfinals after he produced a fine performance to beat American third seed and world No. 5 Nick Taylor.
Sithole’s first win over Taylor in only their second match against each other on the NEC Tour earns him a semifinal against British second seed Andrew Lapthorne. World No. 4 Lapthorne’s second match in successive days against a Swedish opponent ended much more comfortably than the first did as Lapthorne eased to a 61 62 victory over Marcus Jonsson.
Meanwhile, American top seed David Wagner earned his semifinal berth with a 60 62 win over Japan’s Mitsuteru Moroishi to set up a meeting with fourth seed Jamie Burdekin of Great Britain. Burdekin gained the most clear cut win of the four quad quarterfinals when defeating Canadian Adrian Dieleman 60 61.