Photo: Giovanni MinozziDaniel Caverzaschi (ESP)
There were mixed fortunes for the French players in the day’s two three set men’s singles matches as the PTR Wheelchair Championships, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, got underway on Thursday on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA.
Spain’s world No. 40 Daniel Caverzaschi secured arguably the most notable win of the day, defeating world No. 26 David Dalmasso of France 61 46 64 to set up a quarterfinal against British fourth seed Marc McCarroll.
Lahcen Majdi improved French fortunes after prevailing in another closely fought contest to beat Brazil’s Carlos Santos 62 46 64. Majdi will go on to face Australian third seed Ben Weekes, as all four seeded players advanced to the last eight with relative ease. Top seed Gordon Reid opened his bid for a fifth successive singles title in Hilton Herald by defeating USA’s John Becker 60 62.
American and British players fill seven of the eight places in the line-up for the women’s singles quarterfinals, with USA-based Chilean Francisca Mardones having added her name to the mix after an opening 60 62 win over the host nation’s Kate Stuteville. Third seed Mardones plays Jessica Sporte in the quarterfinals, while fourth seed Emmy Kaiser and Mackenzie Soldan will meet in the only all-American quarterfinal.
British players occupy both top seeded positions in the women’s singles and after a first round bye top seed Lucy Shuker will begin her title defence against Shelby Baron.
Players from USA and Canada won the four first round matches in the quad singles as all four seeds enjoyed first round byes.
Canada’s Gary Luker secured the comeback of the day to defeat David Jordan 16 75 75 and set up a quarterfinal against top seed and world No. 6 Greg Hasterok.
Adrian Dieleman added to the Canadian success after a 60 61 win over Mohamed Shoeb Khan.