Karl Stefan became the only unseeded player to reach the men’s singles quarterfinals on the second day of the Arcotel-Rezidencija 55 Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as Austrian players were involved in some of the day’s feature matches in Zagreb, Croatia and the women’s singles and quad singles events got underway.
Stefan beat German eighth seed Steffen Sommerfeld 63 46 63 to book his place in the last eight against defending champion Fabian Mazzei, who progressed after a 62 61 win over Poland’s Kamil Fabisiak.
Stefan is joined in the quarterfinals by his compatriots Martin Legner and Thomas Mossier after top seed Legner and seventh seed Mossier both dropped just two games apiece in defeating the Slovak Republic’s David Chabrecek and Croatia’s Anto Joskic.
However, Joseph Riegler and Dan Kleckner were unable to add to the Austrian success, with Riegler losing out 75 26 63 to fifth seed Piotr Jaroszewski and second seed Kruszelnicki defeating Kleckner 61 62.
Sixth seed Laszlo Farkas of Hungary had a tough match, but won the points that mattered as he defeated Leonid Shevchik of Russia to set up a quarterfinal against third seed David Dalmasso of France.
Bulgurcu makes it into women’s semifinals
Ebru Bulgurcu won one of two all-Turkish contests in the first round of the women’s singles, defeating Julide Yildiz 63 36 61. However, Busra Un’s victory over Nese Aydemir could not have been more clear cut as Un eased to a 60 60 win to set up a semifinal against Italian top seed Marianna Lauro.
Lauro beat Ukraine’s Olena Shyngaryova 61 60 and while second seed Binaca Osterer also had a comfortable opening match, defeating Denmark’s Malene Olsen 61 62.
The opening matches in the quad singles results in 60 60 wins for Austrian second seed Peter Tatschl and Germany’s Markus Laudan, who is joined in the semifinals by Maximillian Laudan, who beat fellow German Nick Nobbe 62 61.
British top seed Antony Cotterill, the quad singles champion at the recent Polish Open and Czech Open tournaments, opened his bid for a hat-trick of ITF 2 Series titles with a 62 60 win over Austria’s Claus-Peter Laisacher.
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