15 Mar 2013

Men's seeds make confident start in Pensacola

Match Report

Photo: Philippe BuissinStephane Houdet (FRA)

All eight seeds eased into the men’s singles quarterfinals on the second day of the Pensacola Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while the remaining three seeds reached the women’s semifinals and all four seeds moved into the quad singles semifinals.

On a day that featured straights sets wins throughout the singles events, there were three 60 60 wins for the seeded players in the men’s singles, all three achieved by Frenchmen.

Top seed Stephane Houdet beat his compatriot Thierry Vuillet and fourth seed Nicolas Peifer and sixth seed Frederic Cattaneo beat Brazilians Mauricio Pomme and Oscar Rodrigues respectively to storm into the last eight without the loss of a game.

With players from three continents featuring in the men’s quarterfinals, Houdet and Peifer will both play Australians after eighth seed Adam Kellerman beat Brazil’s Daniel Rodrigues 62 62 and seventh seed Weekes also contributed to the end of the Brazilian challenge after defeating Rafael Medeiros 62 64.

In the bottom half of the draw Cattaneo beat Oscar Marrero of Puerto Rico, while fifth seed Tom Egberink beat Brazil’s Carlos Santos 62 61. But while the Brazilian challenge ended, world No. 5 Gustavo Fernandez maintained a South American presence in the men’s singles after third seed defeated French player Thomas Vinatier 60 62.

While Cattaneo and Fernandez will now face each other for a place in the semifinals, a Dutch semifinalist is guaranteed, with Egberink now coming up against second seed Ronald Vink after  the world No. 4 eased past South Africa’s Eliphas Maripa 62 60.

Women’s and quad semifinalists decided

The closest match in the main draw singles events on the second day came in the quad singles as second seed Nick Taylor held off Japan’s Takahiro Koga 63 76(6).

In the other half of the draw one of the day’s most comfortable wins belonged to world No. 1 David Wagner as Wagner joined fellow American Taylor in the semifinals after a 60 61 win over another of his compatriots, Marc McLean.

Wagner faces third seed Jamie Burdekin for a place in the final after Burdekin beat fellow Brit Antony Cotterill 62 60, while South Africa’s Lucas Sithole completed the semifinal line-up when the fourth seed secured a 64 60 win over American David Buck.  

After her first day win over world No. 1 Aniek van Koot, Japan’s Yui Kamiji duly joined the second, third and fourth seeds in the women’s singles semifinals.

World No. 11 Kamiji followed up her victory over the top seed by defeating Chile’s Francisco Mardones 64 60 to set up semifinal against South Africa’s world No. 10 Kgothatso Montjane.

The semifinal in the bottom half of the women’s draw will be an intriguing all-Dutch affair after second seed Marjolein Buis powered past American Elizabeth Williams 60 60 and third seed Sharon Walraven beat Colombia’s Johana Martinez 60 62. Buis leads Walraven 5-3 in career head-to-heads to date.  

Order of Play - Friday, 15 March 2013