Photo: Tommy Hindley / Professional SportDavid Phillipson (GBR)
Local favourite David Phillipson pulled off the most notable win on Tuesday’s first day at the 24th British Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, when the Nottinghamshire-based player beat Dutch world No. 11 Tom Egberink in the men’s singles first round at Nottingham Tennis Centre.
Phillipson sealed his third win in recent years against a higher ranked player in the first round of the British Open, defeating Egberink 75 62 to set up a second round encounter against Belgian sixth seed Joachim Gerard at the fifth Super Series event of the year.
“I don’t know what it is about the British Open, maybe it’s the home crowd, but I’ve had some good results here over the past few years and I’m really pleased with today,” said Phillipson. “I’ve made some changes to my forehand recently and it was really firing today. I play Joachim next, so it won’t be easy.”
Gerard, who reached his first Super Series final at May’s Japan Open before reaching the semifinals of last month’s BNP Paribas Open de France, opened his British Open account with a 61 61 win over Britain’s Tony Knappett.
“This is a Super Series and no match is easy, and today it wasn’t easy getting used to the change in conditions of the ball and the courts after the Swiss Open. I go into every game wanting to play my best, as if I’m playing the world No. 1, so I’m looking forward to going further in the tournament,” said Gerard, a quarterfinalist at last year’s British Open.
While top seed Stephane Houdet of France and second seed Makel Scheffers of Netherlands both started their campaigns with 60 60 wins. There were also three set wins for Britain’s Paul Stewart, who beat Poland’s Jerzy Kulik, and Thomas Vinatier of France, who recovered from a slow start against Belgium;’s Mike Denayer to prevail 16 63 62.
Stewart will now play 2010 and 2011 British Open champion Scheffers, while Vinatier will face his fellow Frenchman and seventh seed Michael Jeremiasz.
Phillipson was one a host of Brits to make it to through the men’s singles second round, including 2012 runner-up Gordon Reid. World No. 4 Reid opened his bid for a place in his second successive British Open men’s singles final with a 63 63 win over world No. 13 Satoshi Saida of Japan.
World No. 5 Gustavo Fernandez, last year’s year-end world No. 1 ranked junior, will face current world No. 1 ranked junior Alfie Hewett for a place in the men’s quarterfinals after Fernandez eased past Morocco’s Ayoub Ettali 60 60, while Hewett secured a comfortable 60 61 win over Dutchman Pim Palmen.
Burdekin recovers to reach quad singles quarterfinals
The 2012 British Open quad singles runner-up Jamie Burdekin mhad to come from a set down before winning his opening match against fellow Brit Adam Field as the quad singles quarterfinal line-up was decided.
Burdekin, playing his first match since May’s World Team Cup after recovering from injury, came back from a slow start against Field to eventually book his place in the last eight 36 61 60. Burdekin will now face American Greg Hasterok, the only one of the four seeds to not have a first round bye. Hasterok eased past Brit Ian Payne 62 60.
Elsewhere, Antony Cotterill withstood a second set fight back from Sophie Fraoli of France to win their match 61 76(3) to earn a quarterfinal against second seed Lucas Sithole of South Africa.
Richard Green won his all-British match against James Shaw in straight sets to book a quarter-final against USA’s world No. 1 David Wagner, while Yosi Genish dropped just one game to fellow Israeli Joseph Piattell, with Genish now set to meet third seed Sarah Hunter of Canada.
Hunt edges Martinez to reach women’s second round
The four matches to complete the last 16 line-up in the women’s singles included a three set win for Britain’s Louise Hunt. Hunt came from a set down to defeat Colombia’s Johana Martinez 36 75, 63. Hunt will now play Dutch fourth seed Marjolein Buis.
Lauren Jones reached her first second round at a Super Series event after the world No. 3 ranked junior girl beat fellow Brit Val Fisher 62 62 to earn a match against Dutch world No. 2 Aniek van Koot. Meanwhile, Israel’s Veronica Zvik earned a hard won 75 75 win over Debbie Brazier to advance to a contest against Dutch third seed Jiske Griffioen and Miho Nijo progressed to a meeting against world No. 1 Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany.