18 Sep 2013

Open de L'Ile de Re gets underway

Match Report

Photo: Mathilde DusolCarlos Anker (NED)

The quad singles quarterfinalists and some of the women’s singles quarter finalists were decided on Wednesday’s first day of the Toyota Open de L'Ile de Re, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in France.

While the top two seeds in the quad singles had first round byes, the six other matches included three all-French contests. Sebastien Jance, Stephane Erismann and fourth seed Thomas Huguenin all secured straight sets wins over fellow Frenchmen, while Sophie Fraioli became the fourth French player to reach the last eight after defeating Petter Edstrom 60 64.

Marcus Jonsson improved Swedish fortunes after the third seed eased past Patrick Sappino 60 61, with Jonsson now set to face Fraioli in another French-Swedish contest.

Richard Green won his all-British first round match against Chris Johnson 63 62 to book his place in the last eight against Italian top seed Antonio Raffaele. Green’s victory means that there will be two British players in the quarterfinals after a second seed Adam Field also had a bye.

French players make good start in women’s singles

Among the seven women’s singles matches played on the first day of competition, three French players booked their first three quarterfinal berths, with Evelyne Claverie upsetting her countrywoman and fourth seed Pauline Helouin.

Claverie battled her way to 36 62 63 win over fourth seed Helouin, but eighth seed Emmanuelle Morch had a much sommother passage to the last eight after defeating Switzerland’s Anabelle Ribeaud 60 60.

The match of the day in the women’s singles saw Cathy Portier edge out Belgium’s Sofie Cox 76(4) 75 top set up a second round against second seed Charlotte Famin, guaranteeing that there will be a fourth French women’s quarterfinalist.

However, the remaining quarterfinalists will all come from outside France, with two Dutch players, two Russian players, and one player each from Australia, Germany, Great Britain and Spain set to contest the remaining second round matches, including Russia’s world No. 1 ranked junior girls’ player Polina Shakirova.                                                 

Vos and Bonnet among men’s first round winners 

Two former world No. 13 ranked players turned back the years and upset the current rankings to reach the second round of the men’s singles.

Gert Vos defeated Vianney Martin of France 61 62 to set up an all-Belgian second round match against top seed and defending champion Joachim Gerard, while Philippe Bonnet defeated Morocco’s Ayoub Ettali 62 63 to earn a second round contest against fellow Frenchman and second seed Nicolas Peifer.

The only three set match in the men’s singles first round went to young Dutchman Carlos Anker, who came from behind to beat Fabien Bayon of France 36 60 75 and Anker’s victory means that both top ranked junior boys’ players will be among those vying for quarterfinal places, with Britain’s Alfie Hewett being among the eight seeded players to all have first round byes.