11 Jun 2013

Daegu Open begins in Korea Republic

Match Report

Photo: Jeanna CourterJu-Yeon Park (KOR)

Korean and Malaysian players dominated the men’s singles matches on Tuesday’s first day of the Daegu Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as the second ITF 1 Series event in successive weeks in Korea Republic got underway.

Three Korean players advanced to the last 16 at the top of the men’s draw, as Sang-Ho Oh and Sam-Ju Kim both recorded straight sets wins, with Ji-Hwan Lee progressing as the result of a walkover.

Oh will now become the first opponent of the week for Japanese fourth seed Takuya Mikii, who will set out to try and repeat his win at last week’s Korea Open, where he won the first ITF 1 singles title of his career.

Both Malaysian players in the men’s main draw upset the rankings, as Ariffahmi Zaquan Ariffin defeated a player ranked more than 240 places above him when overcoming Fujio Mizutani  61 62. Ariffin’s compatriot Abu Samah Borhan started the tournament just over 60 rankings places adrift of Japan’s Ryoichi to, but still progressed 64 62.

Former Korean No. 1 Ha-Gel Lee, Sung-Bong Han and Choil Yong An all came through matches against fellow Countrymen to also reach the second round against seeded opposition.

Hunt and Whiley set for all-British women’s quarterfinal

Just three of the five women’s singles matches scheduled for the opening day were completed, as Korea Republic’s Young-Sil Cho, Thailand’s Ratana Techamaneewat and Brtain’s Louise Hunt all booked their places in the quarterfinals after straight sets wins.

Japan’s world No. 18 and fourth seed Kanako Domori and world No. 19 Miho Nijo are involved in the two first round women’s matches still to reach a conclusion.

After coming through a close first round contest against Korea Republic’s Myung-Hee Hwang 63 64, Louise Hunt has set up an all-British quarter-final against second seed and last week’s Korea Open champion Jordanne Whileyu, who was one of the top three seeds to enjoy a first round bye on what was the British player’s 21st birthday.

Myoung-Sic Nam beat his higher ranked compatriot Young-Bae Lee 60 75 to reach the quad singles quarter-finals along with Japan’s Takahiro Koga, while South African top seed Lucas Sithole will bid to follow up last week’s Korea Open victory with an opening match in Daegu against Frenchman Virgil Silva.