Britain’s Lucy Shuker secured the outstanding result on the first day of the Atlanta Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis, when she beat Belgian world No. 6 and second seed Annick Sevenans.
Shuker clinched a 60 76(4) victory over Sevenans to earn her third win over the Belgian in nine career head-to-heads. Shuker moves on to face Mackenzie Soldan for a place in the semifinals after Soldan joined Chile’s Francisca Mardones in posting 60 60 first round wins.
Mardones plays Dutch third seed Sharon Walraven in the last eight and Emmy Kaiser will take on Dutch top seed Jiske Griffioen, who had a first round bye.
The pick of the women’s quarterfinals could be that between world No. 11 and fourth seed Katharina Kruger of Germany and Britain’s world No. 12 Jordanne Whiley. Kruger dropped just one game against Canada’s Yuka Chokyu in her first match, with Whiley also having few problems as she beat American Jan Proctor 62 61.
Rydberg into men’s quarterfinals
Jon Rydberg will be the only non-seed in the men’s singles quarterfinals.
Rydberg beat British second seed Marc McCarroll 60 61 after McCarroll arrived in Atlanta to find his tennis wheelchair had been damaged in transit and had only undergone partial repairs before their first round match.
While the remaining seven seeds all moved into the quarterfinals, Canada’s Philippe Bedard was the busiest player on the opening day of the ITF 1 Series tournament after beating American Paul Moran 63 64 to reach the last 16. Despite another close match Bedard subsequently bowed out to Japanese eighth seed Masahiro Honma, who progressed 76(5) 63.
However, Honma’s victory was not quite as remarkable as that of his quarterfinal opponent, Australian third seed Ben Weekes. Weekes recovered from an indifferent first set again his compatriot Adam Kellerman to crucially win the last two games of the second set before finally sealing a 16 75 63 victory.
Elsewhere, current world No. 1 Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands and American former world No. 1 Stephen Welch both opened their campaigns with 60 60 victories. Scheffers plays French seventh seed Frederic Cazeaudumec in the last eight, with Welch set to face Japanese fourth seed Yoshinobu Fujimoto.
With three Japanese players in the quarterfinals, fifth seed Takuya Miki, who won last week’s Israel Open, won his opening match against Ecuador’s Efrain Cabrera and will now play Rydberg for a place in the semifinals.
Jordan and Trawalter reach quad singles quarterfinals
David Jordan of USA and Francois Trawalter of France both held off strong first round challenges to reach the quad singles quarterfinals.
Jordan will play world No. 1 David Wagner in the last eight after defeating Canada’s Gary Luker 63 63.
Meanwhile, Trawalter edged past Japan’s Takashi Nagaoka and will play second seed Nick Taylor for a place in the semifinals.
On a mixed day for the Japanese and Canadian quad singles players, Takahiro Koga booked a quarterfinal against American third seed Bryan Marten, while Adrian Dieleman secured the only 60 60 victory on the first day of action in the event. Dieleman will meet Greg Hasterok in the quarterfinals after Hasterok held off fellow American David Harrison 63 63.