11 Jul 2012

Seeded players make Swiss Open progress

Match Report

Photo: Jamie WilkinsonDaniela di Toro (AUS)

Last year’s runner-up Stephane Houdet of France was among three of the four seeded players to advance to the men’s singles quarterfinals without dropping a game on the second day of the Swiss Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Geneva.

World No. 1 Houdet, sixth seed  Satoshi Saida of Japan and eighth seed Joachim Gerard of Belgium all gained 60 60 victories, with Houdet and Gerard now set to go head-to-head for a place in the semifinal. A Japanese presence in the last four is also assured, as Saida is set to take on his world No. 4 Shingo Kunieda, who dropped just one game in his second round match against Thomas von Daeniken of Switzerland.

In the bottom half of the draw British fifth seed Gordon Reid ensured that there would not be a third Japanese player in the quarterfinals after he secured a confident 63 61 win over Takuya Miki.

But there will be three Frenchmen in the last eight after Michael Jeremiasz dropped just one game to his compatriot Frederic Cazeaudumec and Frederic Cattaneo contributed to the end of the Swiss challenge after beating Herbert Keller 62 63. Jeremiasz will face Reid in the quarterfinals, with Cattaneo taking on Dutch defending champion Maikel Scheffers.

Scheffers eased to the opening set of his match against Britain’s Alex Jewitt and while Jewitt put up much greater resistance in the second set Scheffers recorded a 61 64 victory. 

Last four women’s quarterfinalists decided

Esther Vergeer powered to her 458th consecutive victory as she opened her women’s singles challenge with a 60 60 win over Pauline Helouin of France.

As the last four women’s quarterfinalists were decided, Vergeer was not the only seeded player to open her account without dropping a game after Belgian fourth seed Annick Sevenans beat her countrywoman Pathy Mortier.

Seventh seed Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain will play Vergeer in the quarterfinals in their first match since the final of May’s Eton Manor International, the Test event for the London 2012 Paralympics Games. Whiley beat Brazil’s Natalia Mayara 62 64 in her opening match.

Fifth seed Daniela di Toro of Australia completes the quarterfinal line-up after defeating Switzerland’s Parmila Grangier 62 60.

Barten edges through to quad singles semifinals

There will be an American in the final of the quad singles after David Wagner and Bryan Barten advanced to the last four in different circumstances.

World No. 1 Wagner opened his title defence by beating Christer Janssson of Sweden 60 60, but Barten had a much tougher time against Italy’s Antonio Raffaele before eventually pulling through 63 76(2).

Second seed Jamie Burdekin of Great Britain and Sweden’s Anders Hard will meet in the other semifinal. Burdekin beat Frenchman Stephane Erismann 61 61 in his first match at the ITF 1 Series tournament, while Hard won his all-Swedish contest against Marcus Jonsson 62 61.

Swiss Open Latest Draws

Order of Play: Thursday, 12 July 2012