10 Jul 2013

Shuker edges Whiley in Geneva

Match Report

Photo: Jeanna CourterLucy Shuker (GBR)

Second seed Lucy Shuker moved into the women’s singles semifinals on Wednesday’s second day of the Swiss Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after battling back to win a final set tiebreak against fellow Brit Jordanne Whiley.

On a day when the quad singles semifinalists were also decided, world No. 7 Shuker recovered from 4-2 down in the final set against world No. 8 Whiley to prevail 62 06 76(1).

Shuker now faces Dutch former world No. 1 Maaike Smit. Despite no longer having a current ranking Smit started her annual reappearance at the Swiss Open by showing that she retains plenty of ability after beating Switzerland’s Gabriela Buehler 60 62.

With South African top seed Kgothatso Montjane having a bye into the last four, the world No. 6 will face Chile’s Francisca Mardones for a place in the final after Mardones beat Poland’s Katarzyna Wojcieszak 61 61.

Wagner, Hasterok guarantee American finalist

In a rematch of last month’s BNP Paribas Open de France quad singles final world No. 1 David Wagner beat Sweden’s world No. 5 Anders Hard 63 62 in Geneva to earn a semifinal against fellow American Greg Hasterok.

Hasterok reached the last four after a 63 60 win over Frenchman Thomas Huguenin, while Marcus Jonsson kept the Swedish challenge alive after defeating his higher ranked Italian opponent Antonio Raffaele by the same score.

Jonsson faces a tough semifinal against world No. 3 Lucas Sithole of South Africa, following the second’s seeds comprehensive 60 60 win over Stephane Erismann ended the French challenge in the quad singles.

Mixed start for Swiss men

While the top three seeds had first round byes in the men’s singles, Switzerland’s Thomas von Daeniken and Christophe Vouillamoz both came through tough opening matches to reach the last 16.

Von Daeniken will face Belgian fifth seed Joachim Gerard for a place in the quarterfinals after avoiding an upset against Didier Ferrero of France and pulling through their first round match 26 64 64. In the same half of the draw Vouillamoz held on to beat countryman Frederic Decorvet 75 36 63, his reward being an upcoming contest against Austrian eighth seed Martin Legner.

Gerard, his fellow Belgian Mike Denayer, French seeds Michael Jeremiasz and Nicolas Peifer and Italy’s Luca Spano all progressed through their opening matches 60 60 ahead of the men’s singles resuming on Thursday’s third day of play in Geneva.

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