Photo: Mathilde DusolGamini Dissanayake (SRI)
Five of the eight players that moved into the second round of the men’s singles beat higher ranked opponents on the first day of the Austrian Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as the women’s singles semifinalists were also decided.
After reaching the second round of the Salzburg Open, Sri Lanka’s Gamini Dissanayake reached the last 16 again in Gross Siegharts after easing past the Czech Republic’s Miroslav Brychta 62 60.
The remaining seven matches were all won by European players as Dan Kleckner and Nico Langmann boosted the number of Austrian players that will vie for quarterfinal places, again both beating players currently ranked above them. Josef Riegler became the fourth Austrian player to reach the last 16.
The only two three set matches on the opening day were won by Polish players, as Kamil Fabisiak defeated Frenchman Sebastien Husser 63 36 62. Meanwhile, despite being ranked some 60 players higher than Peter Seidl, Piotr Jaroszewski had to draw on all his experience to edge out his German opponent 67(3) 64 64.
With the seeded players all beginning their campaigns on Thursday’s second day of play, top seed Nicolas Peifer of France will take on Dissanayake, while Dutch second seed and defending champion Tom Egberink will face Jaroszewski.
Women’s singles semifinalists decided
After Katharina Kruger won the Austrian Open women’s singles title in 2012, her fellow Germans Sabine Ellberbrock and Bianca Osterer head the seedings this year and Ellerbrock and Osterer secured their places in the last four in vastly differing circumstances.
Ellerbrock wasted little time in beating Ladislava Porizkova 61 60, but Osterer snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as she clinched a crucial second set tiebreak before overcoming Emanuelle Morch of France 75 67(5) 63.
After a first round walkover Margrit Fink carries home hopes in the women’s singles and will play Osterer for a place in the final, while world No. 1 Ellerbrock will play Russia’s world No. 2 ranked junior Polina Shakirova.
With just one place available in the quad singles quarterfinals, Frenchman Patrick Sappino ensured he took his place in the last eight after defeating Austria’s Harald Pramendorfer 60 60.
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