Photo: Pavel BilikDavid Chabrecek (SVK)
David Chabrecek gave the host nation an early boost on the first day of the Slovakia Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, when he moved into the men’s singles second round without dropping a game as Great Britain’s Lucy Shuker also opened her women’s singles title defence without dropping a game.
Chabrecek beat Epaminondas Stamatis of Greece 60 60 to set up a meeting against German seventh seed Steffen Sommerfeld.
It was a mixed day for the Slovak Republic, though, as Tomas Masaryk could win only two games in his first round match against Jerzy Kulik, who joined his fellow Pole Kamil Fabisiak in reaching the last 16. Fabisiak defeated Russia’s Leonid Shevchik 64 62 to take the quota of Polish players in the second round to four after Tadeusz Kruszelnicki and Piotr Jaroszewski were among the eight seeds to have byes.
It was also a good day for the French players as Yoann Quilliou and Thomas Vinatier both advanced to join top seed Frederic Cattaneo in the next round.
The remaining three matches on the opening day of the ITF 2 Series tournament involved Austrian and Czech players, with Michal Stefanu of the Czech Republic getting the better of Austria’s Josef Riegler 63 75 in one of the closest matches.
The all-Austrian contest between Dan Kleckner and Nico Langmann ended with Kleckner having sealed a comfortable 61 61 victory, while Dalibor Potucek got the better his high ranked fellow Czech Michal Kubat 61 64.
The first two matches in the women’s singles resulted in comfortable victories for 2011 champion Shuker and Austria’s Henriett Koosz.
Shuker beat Dutchwoman Mike van Chastelet 60 60, while Koosz eased past her compatriot Brigitte Seyer 61 61.
The round-robin match between Shuker and Koosz, the two highest ranked women’s singles players at the Slovakia Open, will be shown via live stream available here from 10.00 local time on Thursday.