30 Mar 2012

Reid and Kellerman star in Pensacola

Match Report

Photo: Roy Smiljanic PhotographyGordon Reid (GBR)

Gordon Reid of Great Britain and Australia’s Adam Kellerman joined six of the eight seeds in Friday’s men’s main draw singles quarterfinals after a fascinating day of play yesterday at the Pensacola Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Florida.

For the second day of succession Japanese world No. 9 Satoshi Said was involved in arguably the match of the day. However, after edging through his first round match in a final set tiebreak, this time Saida exited the tournament against Reid, who took a 3-1 third set lead against the eighth seed before Saida took the next four games to lead 5-3. But Reid dug deep and saved three match points en route to securing a remarkable 16 63 75 victory to set up a quarterfinal against Dutch world No. 1 Maikel Scheffers

Scheffers made a slow start to his second round match against American Jon Rydberg and the top see looked like he might lose the first set before finding his form and winning 12 of the next 13 games to complete a 641 41 victory. With Reid having beaten Scheffers twice in 2011, the Dutchman can expect a tough challenge in the last eight.

Australia’s Adam Kellerman pulled off his own ‘double’ over a leading Dutch player when he defeated world No. 6 Robin Ammerlaan for the second time this season. After beating former world No. 1 Ammerlaan in the first round of the Sydney International Open in January, Kellerman recovered from a set down to win 57 61 64 and will now face French third seed Nicolas Peifer.

Peifer held off a strong challenge from Dutchman Tom Egberink to advance 76(4) 64, while Peifer’s compatriot Stephane Houdet had an even tougher task against Argentina’s current No. 1 ranked  junior before dominating the final set to win 75 67(4) 60.

There will be a Frenchman in the semifinals after Michael Jeremiasz won through in straight sets to set up a meeting with Houdet in the last eight, while there could be an all-French semifinal, as Peifer is in the same half of the draw as his two compatriots.

Fourth seed Ronald Vink of the Netherlands was in irresistible form as he eased through his second round match against Belgium’s Joachim Gerard 60 60, while sixth seed Stefan Olsson of Sweden dropped just two games to Britain’s David Phillipson and will play Vink in the other quarterfinal.

Sevenans and Walraven win in three to reach women's quarterfinals

World No. 6 Annick Sevenans of Belgium and world No. 9 Sharon Walraven of the Netherlands both came through three set matches before all eight seeds progressed to the women’s singles quarterfinals.

Sixth seed Sevenans won the pick of the women’s second round matches, recovering from a set down against world No. 10 Kgothatso Monjane of South Africa and securing the important points at the back end of the third set to prevail 26 62 75.

Seventh seed Walraven also came from a set down to defeat Britain’s Lucy Shuker 46 61 62 and will face world No. 1 Esther Vergeer in the only all-Dutch quarterfinal. Vergeer, playing her first competitive match in her new tennis chair, produced another performance a sleek as her chair as she eased past Britain’s Jordanne Whiley 61 60.

The other Dutch seeds won through to the last eight in straight sets, fourth seed Marjolein Buis defeating Japan’s Miho Nijo 60 61 to set up a match with Sevenans, third seed Jiske Griffioen dropping just two games in the second set of her match against Korea’s Ju-Yeon Park to book a quarterfinal against Japanese eighth seed Yui Kamiji and world No. 2 Aniek van Koot defeating American Emmy Kaiser 63 61 earn a contest against fifth seed Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany.

Outside of the three set matches for Sevenans and Walraven, 17-year-old world No. 7 Kamiji won the next closest match on the second day to beat Germany’s Katharina Kruger 64 63, while world No. 5 Ellerbrock swept past Australia’s world No. 8 Daniela di Toro 62 61.

Burdekin beats Taylor to set up all-British semifinal in quad singles

After only surviving his first round contest after a final set tiebreak at the end of a four hour match, Britain’s Jamie Burdekin stepped up his Pensacola Open challenge when he secured his fourth career victory in 13 career meetings in NEC Tour competition against American world No. 5 Nick Taylor in the quarterfinals.

 Burdekin beat Taylor in straight sets in the last 16 in Pensacola in 2009 and with a semifinal berth on offer this time around he recorded a 62 61 victory over the American fourth seed to earn last four meeting with fellow Briton Peter Norfolk after world No. 1 Norfolk continued his title defence when beat South Africa’s Lucas Sithole 62 62.

The semifinal in the bottom half of the draw is a fascinating contest between world No.2 David Wagner of USA and Israel’s world No. 3 Noam Gershony. Wagner came through his quarterfinal against Sweden’s Anders Hard 60 64, while third seed Gershony beat American Greg Hasterok 64 61. Gershony has won both his matches against Wagner so far his season, but Wagner beat Gershony in the round-robin phase of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in November before the Israeli player went on to lift the title.