It was by the slimmest of margins that Piotr Jaroszewski ensured that all eight seeds reached the men’s singles quarterfinals after the second day of the 25th Austrian Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Gross Siegharts.
Eighth seed Jaroszewski of Poland made a slow start to his opening match against Poland’s Kamil Fabisiak but bounced back to win a final set tiebreak for a 26 63 76(3) victory that sets him up with a last eight match against top seed and home favourite Martin Legner.
While all eight seeds had byes into the second round it was Legner’s compatriots that had made the headlines on the opening day, as Josef Riegler won the first deciding set tiebreak of the week to beat Korea’s Ji-Hwan Lee 62 36 76(2) and Thomas Flax edged out fellow Austrian Dan Kleckner 63 67(7) 63. Meanwhile, Thomas Mossier eased to a 61 62 win over Sweden’s Niclas Rodhborn.
However, Riegler could win only two games against American fourth seed and former world No. 1 Stephen Welch and Riegler and Flax both bowed out to Asutralian opponents as third seed Ben Weekes and seventh seed Adam Kellerman set up a head-to-head to ensure that an Australian player will feature in the semifinals.
Aside from Jaroszewski’s exciting conclusion to his match against Fabisiak the other seven seeds all progressed comfortably, with Dutch second seed Tom Egberink yielding the most games of the top seven seeds as he beat the Czech Republic’s Michael Stefanu 61 62 after Stefanu had made a remarkable recovery in his first round match to defeat Switzerland’s Herbert Keller 16 75 62.
Egberink will play fifth seed Tadeusz Kruszelnicki of Poland for a place in the semifinals, while Italy’s Fabian Mazzei secured the most clear cut victory of the second day after beating Croatia’s Anto Joskic 60 60 to set up a quarterfinal against Welch.
Women’s seeds into semifinals
All four seeds have eased into the women’s singles semifinals, in which four different nations will be represented.
There were mixed fortunes for the host nation in the quarterfinals as German top seeds Katharina Kruger beat Margrit Fink 62 60, but fourth seed Henriett Koosz will represent Austria in the semifinals after dropping just one game to Dutchwoman Mieke van Chastelet.
Italy’s Marianna Lauro eased into the last four after a 60 60 win over the Czech Republic’s Ladislava Porizkova and the second seed will now play third seed Ju-Yeon Park of Korea, who emulated Kruger when beating Australia’s Janel Manns 62 60.
There will be two Austrian players in the quad singles semifinals after the unranked Markus Wallner produced a fine performance to finish much the stronger against the more experienced Frenchman Patrick Sappino to win 46 75 60. Wallner’s semifinal opponent will be British top seed Antony Cotterill, who eased past Austria’s Harald Pramendorfer 60 60.
But Austrian fortunes improved again in the bottom half of the draw as Peter Tatschl defeated Konstantin Donskoy of Russia 75 60, while second seed Antonio Raffaele of Italy edged out Germany’s Marcus Laudan.
The first main draw final line-up of the week has been decided in the quad doubles, but the final will be without second seeds Sappino and Donskoy, who were beaten 46 62 61 by Taschl and Wallner in their semifinal.
But there was no danger of an upset in the other semifinal as Cotterill and Raffaele overcame Laudan and Pramendorfer 60 61.
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Order of Play - Friday, 10 August 2012