Photo: Pressefoto LauxNicolas Peifer (FRA)
Four of the seven Austrian players made it through their first round men’s singles matches on Wednesday’s opening day of the Salzburg Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as all eight seeded players advanced with ease.
However, there were mixed fortunes for the two South African entries as seventh seed Evans Maripa dominated his match against Salzburg local Wolfgang Stieg to win 60 60. But Mapripa’s compatriot Leon Els found himself subject to a 60 60 loss as Australian eighth seed Adam Kellerman, fresh from reaching his first ITF 1 Series semifinal, advanced to a second round meeting with Poland’s Kamil Fabisiak.
Second seed Nicolas Peifer of France and Dutch fourth seed Tom Egberink also moved into last 16 without dropping a game.
Among the other players to progress to the second round, Sri Lanka’s Dissanayake Gamini and the Czech Republic’s Michal Stefan both beat higher ranked opponents, with Dissanayake winning the day’s only three set match when he overcame Australia’s Henry de Cure 62 26 62.
Meanwhile, after finishing runner-up on home soil at last week’s Belgian Open, top seed Joachim Gerard opened his Salzburg Open title defence with a 61 60 victory over Germany’s Steffen Sommerfeld.
While the seeded players in the women’s singles get their tournament underway on Thursday’s second day, Emmanuelle Morch and Christine Schoenn of France and Russia’s Polina Shakirova completed the line-up for the last eight. Morch was made to work hard for her first round win but eventually secured a 64 46 62 victory over Netherlands’ Mieke van Chastelet.
Order of Play - Thursday, 1 August 2013