Photo: Gregory PicoutAniek van Koot (NED)
The women’s singles and quad singles quarterfinal line-ups were completed on the second day of the 2013 BNP Paribas Open de France, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as world No. 1 Aniek van Koot started her women’s singles title defence with a tense win.
The Dutch top seed held off Chile’s Francisca Mardones 75 64 to book a last eight match against fifth seed Lucy Shuker, one of the two Brits to open their challenges with wins over French players. Shuker beat Cathy Portier 60 60, while sixth seed Jordanne Whiley dropped just one game to Emilie Chene.
With none of the seven French players in the second round of the women’s singles being able to advance any further, German world No. 2 and Roland Garros champion Sabine Ellerbrock began her return to Paris with a 61 62 win over Chartlotte Famin. Ellerbrock will now play Whiley for a place in the semifinals.
There will be two Dutch players, two British players and two German players in the quarterfinals, with world No. 4 and third seed Marjolein Buis advancing in differing fashion to her compatriot van Koot after racing past Evelyn Claverie 60 60. Buis now takes on Italian eighth seed Marianna Lauro, who posted a 64 61 win over Emmanuelle Morch.
Yui Kamiji, last month’s Japan Open champion, has risen to a career high ranking of No. 5 this week and the Japanese fourth seed opened her bid for back-to-back ITF Super Series title by defeating Christine Schoenn 61 61. Kamiji will play seventh seed Katharina Kruger for a place in the semifinals, with Kruger joining fellow German Ellerbrock in the last eight
following her 63 61 defeat of Pauline Helouin.
Wagner heads quad singles quarerfinalists
USA’s world No. 1 David Wagner opened his bid for a sixth BNP Paribas Open de France title with a comfortable 60 61 win over Israel’s Patrick Ben Uriel, one of four players that advanced in the quad singles on Tuesday’s first day of play.
Wagner will now play Italy’s Antonio Raffaele for a place in the semifinals after Raffaele also advanced 60 61 against Frenchman Patrick Sappino.
Sophie Fraioli and Sebastien Jance both came through all-French matches on the opening day of play, but neither was able to reach the quarterfinals as Canadian third seed Sarah Hunter defeated Frailoi 61 63 and eighth seed Thomas Huguenin secured the one guaranteed place in the quarterfinals for a French player when overcoming Jance 64 63.
Hunter plays sixth seed Shraga Weinberg of Israel in the quarterfinals after Weinberg’s 60 75 win over Italy’s Giuseppe Polidori, while Huguenin will meet fourth seed Greg Hasterok. Hasterok joined fellow American Wagner in the last eight after easing past Austria’s Peter Tatschl 60 62.
All three Swedish players were drawn in the bottom quarter of the quad singles draw, with seventh seed Marcus Jonsson advancing to a quarterfinal against his countryman and second seed Anders Hard following a 64 60 first day win over Petter Edstrom. Jonsson will be Hard’s first opponent of the week after a walkover in his scheduled first round match against Canada’s Adrian Dieleman.
Cattaneo to face Reid in men’s quarterfinals
The first four quarterfinalists in the men’s singles all advanced with ease. After upsetting world No. 5 Gustavo Fernandez on Tuesday’s opening day of play, Frederic Cattaneo was the first of the French players to book a place in the last eight after he beat his countryman Lahcen Majdi 62 60. Cattaneo will now take on world No. 4 Gordon Reid. Fourth seed Reid dented the French challenge after overcoming Thomas Vinatier 60 62.
The two matches at the top of the draw produced three 60 60 sets in two straight sets wins as world No. 1 Shingo Kunieda of Japan beat Frenchman Vianney Martin 60 61, while Dutch seventh seed Ronald Vink also dominated Morocco’s Lhaj Boukartacha for a 60 60 win.
Order of Play - Thursday, 27 June 2012
BNP Paribas Open de France Draws and Results