Photo: James Jordan PhotographyJamie Burdekin (GBR)
Britain’s Jamie Burdekin was responsible for knocking out the first seeded player at the 24th British Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, on Wednesday’s second day of play at Nottingham Tennis Centre, as the quad singles semifinal line-up was completed.
World No. 10 Burdekin, the 2012 runner-up at the British Open, put in a tremendous performance in his quarterfinal to beat American fourth seed and world No. 7 Greg Hasterok 60 60. Former world No. 5 Burdekin, who is playing his first tournament since May after recovering from injury, will now face South African second seed and world No. 3 Lucas Sithole, who joined American top seed David Wagner in dropping just three games in his quarterfinal.
“I felt much more comfortable on court today,” said Burdekin, who had to come from a set down to win his first round match on Tuesday. “It’s never easy coming back from injury, but I’m pleased with today and will have to step it up to play Lucas. I’ve beaten him twice this season, but he’s one of the top players out there.”
Sithole beat Brit Antony Cotterill 62 61, while world No. 1 Wagner also came through against British opposition, defeating Richard Green 61 62. Wagner faces Canadian third seed Sarah Hunter in the semi-finals after Hunter powered past Israel’s Yosi Genish 60 60.
All eight seeds into men’s quarterfinals
All eight seeds are safely through to both the men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals after four of the eight men’s second round matches ended in 60 60 victories. Among those to progress to the last eight without dropping a game was British No. 1 Gordon Reid. World No. 4 Reid beat Israel’s Asaaf Stokol and will now take on French eighth seed Frederic Cattaneo, who beat Brit Alex Jewitt 63 63.
World No. 2 Stephane Houdet, world No. 3 Maikel Scheffers and world No. 8 Michael Jeremiasz also posted 60 60 wins. Scheffers, the 2010 and 2011 British Open champion, will play Jeremiasz. In the last eight, while Houdet will take on Dutch sixth seed Ronald Vink after Vink’s 63 62 win over Brit Marc McCarroll.
The other men’s quarterfinal will see fourth seed Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina play fifth seed Joachim Gerard of Belgium after Fernandez beat Britain’s world No. 1 junior Alfie Hewett 60 61 and Gerard ended the challenge of Nottinghamshire’s British No. 3 David Phillipson 62 61.
Griffioen and Montjane to meet in women’s quarterfinals
Dutch third seed Jiske Griffioen and fifth seed Kgothatso Montjane will go head-to-head for a place in the semifinals after both easing though their opening matches against Israel’s Veronica Zvjk and Turkey’s Busra Un, respectively, without dropping a game.
Griffioen and Montjane will meet for the first time since their women’s singles semifinal at Roland Garros last month, which Griffioen won having lost to Montjane in the semifinals of the South African Open Super Series in April.
“Today wasn’t the toughest match, but the next one will be much tougher and all I can do is go out there and do the best I can like the previous times I’ve played her and hopefully I can get the result,” said Montjane.
Britain’s top two players Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley secured straight sets wins to reach the women’s singles quarterfinals. Sixth seed Shuker beat Colombia’s Angelica Bernal 60 61 and Whiley defeated Christine Schoenn of France 63 63, as the duo advanced to women’s singles quarterfinals against world No. 1 Sabine Ellerbrock and world No. 2 Aniek van Koot respectively.
Ellerbrock opened her account with a 62 62 win over Japan’s Miho Nijo, while 2012 British Open runner-up van Koot defeated Brit Lauren Jones 61 60.
The third women’s singles match of the day to end 60 60 was won by Chilean eighth seed Francisca Mardones, who beat 12-year-old Brit Esperanza Merry, the youngest player in the women’s draw, who is playing in her first NEC Tour event, having made her international debut at May’s World Team Cup.
Mardones will play fourth seed Marjolein Buis of Netherlands for a place in the semifinals after Buis defeated British No. 3 Louise Hunt 62 61.