Photo: Tommy HindleyAnders Hard (SWE)
For the second successive day it was a British player in the quad singles that was responsible for the main talking point at the BNP Paribas French Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as Andrew Lapthorne recovered from a set and 5-1 down to defeat Sweden’s world No. 7 Anders Hard.
Meanwhile, there were few surprises in the remaining second round men’s singles and women’s singles matches as Friday’s quarterfinal line-ups were completed.
On the face of it the fact that third seed Lapthorne reached the quad singles semifinals was unremarkable, but the manner in which he did it was far from ordinary, as Hard looked likely to be the headline maker after the first 12 games of the match.
But from 6-0, 5-1 down Lapthorne forced a second set tiebreak, in which he came from 5-2 down before eventually going on to record a 06 76(5) 63 victory.
World No. 4 Lapthorne will play Israeli world No. 3 and second seed Noam Gershony in the last four and will likely need to make in much better form to be competitive with Gershony, who powered through his quarterfinal against Italy’s Antonio Raffaele 61 61
All eight women’s seeds into quarterfinals
With world No. 2 Aniek van Koot having already reached the women’s singles quarterfinals, an all-Dutch final still remains a possibility after second seed Jiske Griffioen and fourth seed Marjolein Buis were among those to fill the last four places in the last eight.
Second seed Griffioen survived a spirited first set challenge from Germany’s Katharina Kruger in her second round match, but dominated the remainder of the match to advance 64 60. Griffioen will face fifth seed Annick Sevenans of Belgium in her quarterfinal after Sevenans dropped just one game to Frenchwoman Sophie Fraioli.
Fourth seed Buis held off Chile’s Maria Antonieta Ortiz 63 62, but the most clear cut victory of the day belonged to seventh seed Lucy Shuker of Great Britain, who wrapped up a 60 60 win over Russia’s Korotkina.
Phillipson among men’s quarterfinalists
Dutchmen Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink were among the last four players to book their places in the men’s singles quarterfinals, along with unseeded Briton David Phillipson and Swedish fifth seed Stefan Olsson.
World No. 2 Scheffers, the runner-up in last year’s French Open, reached the last eight this year after beating former world No. 1 Lauren Giammartini of France. Scheffers will play Phillipson in the last eight after Phillipson reached his first Super Series quarterfinal since 2010 with a comprehensive 60 60 victory over Canada’s Joel Dembe.
Meanwhile, third seed Vink beat Frenchman Lahcen Majdi 60 61 and will play Olsson for a place in the semifinals after Olsson overcame Belgium’s Joachim Gerard.
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Order of Play - Friday, 29 June 2012