Photo: Bernard PacalinSebastien Husser (FRA)
Konstantin Schmaeh of Switzerland, Rody de Bie of the Netherlands and Belgium’s Gert Vos were the only non-French players to reach the second round of the men’s main draw singles on Wednesday’s opening day of the Open de L’Ile de Re, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, off the west coast of France.
Schmaeh won the match of the day as he edged out Frenchman Geoffrey Schivi 64 46 75, while de Bie beat Luciano Grande of Italy 62 75 and Vos beat fellow Belgian Pierre Dereume 62 61.
The remaining matches were all-French contests as Sebastien Husser joined Schmaeh, de Bie and Vos in progressing in the bottom half of the draw. Meanwhile, in the top half of the draw Gaetan Manguy, Antoine Degrez Philippe Bonnet and Didier Guiard all progressed, with Degrez coming through in three sets against fellow wild card entry Vianney Martin.
Manguy, who won the men’s second draw singles at the ITF 2 Series tournament in 2011, will now be the first challenger to defending men’s main draw champion Nicolas Peifer of France, who had a bye along with the other seven seeded players.
In the women’s singles Belgium’s Els Verhoeven produced a fine result to come from a set down and beat her higher ranked French opponent Emilie Chene 26 63 61. Verhoeven’s victory guarantees that there will be Belgian player in the semifinals as she now takes on top seed and defending champion Annick Sevenans.
Fourth seed Charlotte Famin of France was the only seeded player to start her women’s singles challenge and will go on to meet her compatriot Emmanuelle Morch in the quarterfinals after both players enjoyed comfortable first round victories.
Mieke van Chastelet of the Nethelands and Evelyne Claverie of France also won through to meet seeded opposition, Claverie doing so after a 61 64 victory over the higher ranked Dutchwoman Marlis Peters.
Third seed Stephane Erismann and fourths seed Thomas Huguenin became the first two players to book semifinal place in the quad singles after both Frenchman enjoyed early straight sets vicotories.
There is guaranteed to be a British player in the last four, too, after Chris Johnson beat Patrick Sappino of France 62 61 to book his place in the last eight against top seed Antony Cotterill.
Sebastien Jance of France will play second seed Atonio Raffaele in the other quarterfinal.