Photo: Roy Smiljanic PhotographyDavid Phillipson (GBR)
David Phillipson of Great Britain secured a first career win over former Paralympic champion Robin Ammerlaan of the Netherlands on a rain-hit first day at the BNP Paribas French Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Antony, Paris.
Sixth seed Ammerlaan, who has slipped one place to No. 9 in this week’s men’s singles world rankings, became the first seeded player to exit the fourth Super Series event of 2012 after Phillipson won 62 63 to earn a second round match against Canada’s Joel Dembe.
Dembe was one of four players, along with Dutch second seed Maikel Scheffers, Gordon Reid of Great Britain and Takuya Miki of Japan, to win their first round matches without dropping a single game.
In a contest between two of the leading players of their respective eras, current world No. 2 Scheffers will now face 1992 and 1994 ITF World Champion Lauren Giammartini of France, while Miki will meet current world No. 1 Stephane Houdet of France.
On a day when the first two hours of the original schedule were lost to rain, the revised order of play ended with the top seven seeds easing into the second round, where the pick of the matches could be that between fifth seed Stefan Olsson of Sweden and Joachim Gerard of Belgium.
Meanwhile, the closest of the men’s matches was the all-French contest between Yoann Quilliou and Laurent Fischer, which Quilliou eventually won 64 64 to set up a meeting with Reid.
Ortiz edges past Schoenn and Sithole survives scare to beat Field
Among the four first round matches in the women’s singles, Chile’s Maria Antonieta Ortiz defeated Christine Schoenn 63 26 63. While Katharina Kruger of Germany also eased to a 60 60 win over Pauline Helouin on what was a tough day for players from home nation. However, Emilie Chene won the all-French contest against Souad Yamani 60 61 and will now face Dutch top seed and world No. 2 Aniek van Koot.
Great Britain’s Jordanne Whiley won the only other women’s match needed to completed the line-up for the last 16 as she eased to a 60 61 win over Cathy Portier of France. Whiley now faces world No. 4 Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany in what could be one of the most intriguing of the second round contests.
In the quad singles fourth seed Lucas Sithole of South Africa, who was continued his rise up the world rankings to reach a career high of No. 6 this week, survived an early scare before overcoming Britain’s Adam Field 57 64 60.
While world No. 2 Peter Norfolk and world No. 3 Noam Gershony both had first round byes, three of the other first round matches were won 60 60, Two of the players to progress without dropping a game were Britain’s Andrew Lapthorne and Jamie Burdekin. Burdekin will play Norfolk in the quarterfinals, guaranteeing that there will be at least one British semifinalist, while Lapthorne faces a potentially tough contest against world No. 7 Anders Hard of Sweden.
Israel’s Boaz Kramer was the other player to win his first round match 60 60 after beating Virgil Silva of France on a tough day for the French quad division players. Kramer now meets Sithole, while Italy’s Antonio Raffaele takes of Israeli second seed Gershony.
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Order of Play - Wednesday, 27 June 2012