Photo: Tommy HindleyJamie Burdekin (GBR)
With only the seeded players in the top half of the draws in singles action on the second day of the BNP Paribas French Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, it was the first two quad singles quarterfinals that produced the main headlines as Jamie Burdekin secured his first ever win over fellow Briton and top seed Peter Norfolk and Israel’s Boaz Kramer knocked out South African fourth seed Lucas Sithole.
A remarkable contest between Burdekin and Norfolk saw world No. 8 Burdekin take a 4-0 final set lead against former French Open champion Norfolk before the world No. 2 and 2011 runner-up hit back to take a 5-4 lead. However, Burdekin held on to force the deciding crucial tiebreak and finally secured a 64 16 76(2) victory and his first win over Norfolk in 13 attempts.
In the day’s other quarterfinal Kramer won the important points to gain the crucial breakthrough in the first set against Sithole and then dominated the rest of the match to win 64 61 and book his place against Burdekin in Friday’s semifinals.
Houdet and Jeremiasz progress on home soil
The first four second round matches to be played in the men’s singles produced few problems for the seeded players in the top half of the draw as Stephane Houdet and Michael Jeremiasz ensured that there will be a French presence in the semifinals.
Current world No. 1 Houdet beat Japan’s Takuya Miki 62 62, while former world No. 1 Jeremiasz powered through his second round match against Britain’s Alex Jewitt 60 60.
However, British and Japanese fortunes improved in the day's other two men's matches as eighth seed Gordon Reid eased past Yoann Quilliou of France 61 62, while fourth seed Shingo Kunieda continued his title defence with a 62 62 victory over Frederic Cattaneo of France.
Van Koot makes comfortable start to title defence
World No. 2 Aniek van Koot’s first match at the scene of her first Super Series title in 2011 brought a comfortable passage into this year’s quarterfinals as she wrapped up a 62 60 win over Frenchwoman Emilie Chene.
None of the four women’s seeds in action on the second day dropped more than three games in their opening matches, with Japanese eighth seed Yui Kamiji also beating French opposition as she eased to a 62 61 win over Charlotte Famin.
World No. 4 and third seed Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany dominated world No. 12 Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain, sealing a 60 63 victory. Based on previous matches between Ellerbrock and Kgothatso Montjane, an intriguing quarterfinal could be in store after the South African sixth seed won her second round match against Austria’s Henriett Koosz 60 62.
The remaining men’s and women’s quarterfinals and quad singles semifinalists will be decided on the third day of play.
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Order of Play - Thursday, 28 June 2012