25 Oct 2012

Seeds ease through in Nottingham

Match Report

Photo: Iain FindlayMaikel Scheffers (NED)

All the seeded players that were in action made comfortable progress on Thursday’s opening day of the Nottingham Indoor, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tour, as the men’s singles quarterfinalists were decided along with the first two women’s single semifinalists.

Meanwhile, the first three quad singles round-robin matches ended with Andy Lapthorne, Antony Cotterill and Adam Field all having secured one win apiece.

Dutchmen Rody de Bie and Marco Eggink, Italy’s Massimiliano Banci, Russia’s Illdus Shaikhislamov and Sweden’s Dan Wallin joined Brits Dermot Bailey, Eddy Holt and Paul Stewart in recording straight sets wins in the first of two rounds of matches in the men’s singles as they progressed on to meet the eight seeded players later in the day.

But they caused few problems for the seeds as world No. 2 an top seed Scheffers opened his bid for a third Nottingham Indoor title by defeating his fellow Dutchman de Bie 61 63 and second seed and defending champion Gordon Reid eased past fellow Brit Holt 60 61.

"Eddy's not been playing that long, so it's quite nice to get a match against him and see how well he's coming on. I've just got to keep beating who's in front of me and hopefully I'll get a rematch of last year's final again at the end of the week against Maikel Scheffers after our three-hour marathon last year," said Reid.

There were also 60 61 wins for fourth seed Tadeusz Kruszelnicki of Poland, who beat Stewart, sixth seed Alex Jewitt, who defeated Shaikhislamov and eight seed Alfie Hewett, who  swept past Eggink.

While third seed Marc McCarroll beat fellow British player Dermot Bailey 61 62, fifth seed Phillipson completed a good day for the leading home players when he overcame Wallin 62 63.

But the most comprehensive win for any of the men’s seeds belonged to former two-time ITF World Champion Lauren Giammartini of France. Twelve years on from his last appearance in the British Open in Nottingham, Giammartini marked his return to the city with a 60 60 victory over Bianci.

Friday’s quarterfinals will Giammartini take on current world No. 8 Reid, while the last eight contest between Kruszelnicki and Phillipson could be one of the features of the second day’s play. McCarroll will play Hewett, while Jewitt takes on Scheffers.

First two women’s semifinalists decided

In the women’s singles Russia’s Polina Shackirova and Christine Schoenn of France won through to meet German top seed and world No. 3 Sabine Ellerbrock and second seed Jiske Griffioen of the Netherlands respectively.

Shackirova’s passage into the quarterfinals proved less than smooth as her British opponent Val Fisher can back from a set and 3-0 down to force a decider, but thereafter the young Russian player dominated the third set to prevail 62 57 60. However, Schoenn avoided any similar dips as she eased past young Briton Lauren Jones 60 62.

Third seed Jordanne Whiley and fourth seed Louise Hunt both secured comfortable wins over fellow Brits as they booked the first two semifinal berths in the women’s singles, with Whiley’s first match since the London 2012 Paralympics ending in a 62 63 win over Debbie Brazier, while Hunt beat Laura Swetman 60 60.

The first three round-robin matches in the all-British quad singles event produced mixed fortunes for Field, who was beaten 60 62 by top seed and world No. 4 Lapthorne before ending his second match of the day with a 62 60 win over Richard Green.

Second seed Cotterill opened his challenge with a 60 61 win over Ian Payne.

Men's and women's draws

Quad singles draw

Order of Play - Friday, 26 October 2012