Photo: Tommy Hindley / Professional SportTom Egberink (NED)
All eight seeds reached the men’s singles quarterfinals during an action-packed first day of play at the Bavarian Indoor Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, on Thursday, with Dutch third seed Tom Egberink winning one of just several three set matches on the day.
The former world No. 1 ranked junior player, currently one of 14 ambassadors from a variety of sports selected by ITF Wheelchair Tennis Programme Partner the Johan Cruyff Foundation, eventually found his way into the last eight after edging out Austrian world No. 42 Thomas Mossier 62 36 64.
Egberink will play seventh seed Piotr Jaroszewski of Poland for a place in the semifinals after Jaroszewski secured a comfortable 61 61 win over Massimiliano Banci of Italy.
Banci had earlier joined Michal Stefanu of the Czech Republic and Jerzy Kulik of Poland in winning their first round matches in three sets. None of the three players went any further than the second round, but after making a remarkable comeback to defeat his higher ranked Swiss opponent Daniel Pellegrina 16 75 64, Stefanu put up a determined effort against eighth seed Laszlo Farkas of Hungary before Karkas advanced 76(4) 63 to earn a quarterfinal against French second seed Nicolas Peifer.
Peifer and his London 2012 men’s doubles silver medal-winning partner Frederic Cattaneo are both among the seeds for this week’s ITF 2 Series tournament in Nuremberg and fifth seed Cattaneo will play Belgian top seed and world No. 8 Joachim Gerard for a place in the semifinals. Fourth seed Martin Legner of Austria and sixth seed Steffen Sommerfeld of Germany will contest the other quarterfinal.
De Groot among early winners in women’s singles
Recent Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters champion Diede de Groot of the Netherlands was among the players to join the four seeds in the quarterfinals of the women’s singles, as Germany’s Linda Wagemann delighted the home supporters with a stirring comeback in her match.
De Groot beat fellow Dutchwoman Natascha Hoefhamer 62 63 book her place in the last eight against fourth seed Busra Un of Turkey. Julide Yildiz doubled the presence of Turkish players in the quarterfinals after beating Germany’s Sina Kallenberger 61 62 to set up a match against top seed Katharina Kruger of Germany.
Turkish players in the bottom of the women’s draw were not quite so successful. Nese Aydemir made a bright start to her first round match against Wagemann, but Wagemann eventually fought back to advance 26 61 75, earning a quarterfinal against third seed Pauline Helouin of France.
Meanwhile, Poland’s Lucyna Mietrikiewicz upset current world rankings, beating Ebru Bulgurcu of Turkey 61 61. Mietrikiewicz now plays German second seed Bianca Osterer for a place in the semifinals.