06 Jun 2012

Seeds progress at Daegu Open

Match Report

Photo: Tommy HindleyAnders Hard (SWE)

All eight seeds have reached the men's singles semifinals at the Daegu Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Korea, while all four seeds have also reached the semifinals of the women's singles and quad singles respectively.

Eighth seed David Dalmasso had the toughest task to reach the last eight of the men's singles, but the eighth seed maintained his challenge after a hard-won 76(4) 64 victory over South Africa's Sydwell Mathonsi.

Dalmasso will now play Japanese second seed Takashi Sanada, while Britain's David Phillipson will take on third seed Satoshi Saida hoping to avenge his loss to the Japanese defending champion in last year's semifinals.

With two Argentinean players in the top half of the draw, sicth seed Agustin Ledesma will play fourth seed Joachim Gerard of Belgium. Meanwhile, top seed Gustavo Fernandez continued his bid to complete his three NEC Tout events in Asia unbeaten as he progressed to a quarterfinal against fifth seed Ben Weekes of Australia.

In the women's singles German third seed Katharina Kruger faced a tough task against home favourite Ju-Yeon Park, but Kruger eventually won her quarterfinal 64 57 64.

Second seed Lucy Shuker also faced a determined challenge from Francisca Mardones of Chile, but Shuker came through 63 63. The Briton will play Japanese fourth seed Kanako Domori in the semifinals as Kruger goes head-to-head with Australian top seed Daniela di Toro.

French third seed Stephane Erismann and Korea's Youngsic Nam contested the closest of the four quad singles quarterfinals, with Erismann prevailing 46 63 64. The Frenchman will play second seed Lucas Sithole of South Africa in the last four, while top seed Anders Hard of Sweden plays fourth seed Ho-Sang Wang, who carries the hopes of the host nation.