Photo: William GreinerNicolas Peifer (FRA)
All eight seeds advanced to the men’s singles quarterfinals on Thursday’s second day of the Cajun Classic, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, with Australia’s Ben Weekes again having the toughest match among the seeded players in the men’s singles, while Colombia’s Angelica Bernal advanced in three sets to the women’s quarterfinals and the quad singles reached the semifinal stage.
Sixth seed Weekes won two close sets against Joel Dembe of Canada to earn a 64 75 victory that sets him up with a quarterfinal against third seed Gustavo Fernandez after the Argentinean 18-year-old third seed, the winner of last week’s Pensacola Open, beat Brazil’s Carlos Santos 60 63.
At the top of the men’s draw, world No. 1 and defending champion Stephane Houdet of France and Australian seventh seed Adam Kellerman both dropped just two games apiece ahead of meeting each other in the last eight, while fourth seed Nicolas Peifer and fifth seed Frederic Cattaneo both eased through their opening matches to ensure that there will be a French semifinalist in the bottom half of the draw.
Dutch second seed Ronald Vink, runner-up to Houdet in Baton Rouge in 2012, joined Peifer as the only seeded players to start their campaigns with 60 60 wins on the second day of play, while eighth seed Eliphas Maripa of South Africa produced a confident performance to see off Brazil’s Rafael Medeiros and book his place in the quarterfinals against Vink.
Burdekin battles into quad singles semifinals
Third seed Jamie Burdekin faced a strong challenge from Greg Hasterok in the quad singles quarterfinals. Burdekin eventually pulled through 62 46 63 to set up his second semifinal in successive weeks against Hasterok’s fellow American and world No. 1 David Wagner, who dropped just two games against India’s Harry Boniface Prabhu.
Second seed Nick Taylor eased through his all-American quarterfinal with David Jordan 61 62. Taylor will play fourth seed Lucas Sithole for a place in the final following Sithole’s comfortable 61 61 win over Canadian Sarah Hunter.
Bernal into women’s quarterfinals
The first round matches in the women’s singles saw Colombia’s two-time Junior Masters champion Angelica Bernal make a slow start against Dutchwoman Willemien Smits, but Bernal dominated the second and third sets to earn a 36 60 61 win.
Meanwhile, the pick of the women’s first round matches ended with world No. 10 Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa securing her second win in successive weeks over Japan’s world No. 11 Yui Kamiji, with Mopntjane defeating Kamiji 62 64.
Bernal will face her second Dutch opponent in the last eight after second seed Marjolein Buis was one of three quarterfinalists to receive first round walkovers.
With Brazil’s Rejane Candida and Natalia Mayara and Dutch third seed Sharon Walraven all having to withdraw due to illness, Buis joined Germany’s Katharina Kruger and Cathy Portier of France in moving through to the last eight without having to take to the courts.
Kruger will face world No. 1 Aniek van Koot for a place in the semifinals after van Koot eased past American former Paralympic doubles medallist Lynn Seidemann 61 60. Chile’s Francisca Mardones and Johana Martinez of Colombia also beat American opponents to reach the quarterfinals. Mardones overcame Jan Proctor 61 63 and plays Portier in the quarterfinals, while Martinez now takes on Montjane after her 60 61 win over Krystal Kelley.