Photo: Steve Wake / Professional SportBoaz Kramer (ISR)
Boaz Kramer and Shraga Weinberg ensured that there will be an Israeli player in the quad singles semifinals at the Sardinia Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after Kramer beat Canadian fourth seed Adrian Dieleman on the second day at this week’s ITF 1 Series tournament in Alghero.
Former world No. 10 Kramer, who is contesting only his second tournament of 2013, beat Dieleman 64 62 while Weinberg recorded an opening 62 61 win over Sweden’s Christer Jansson. The two Israeli players will now go head-to-head in a rematch of the quad singles final at April’s Israel Open, a contest that Weinberg won in three sets.
With top seed Antony Cotterill having a bye into the quarterfinals, the Briton will play Italy’s Giuseppe Polidori for a place in the last four after Polidori became one of three Italian players to earn quarterfinal berths.
Polidori defeated Germany’s Nick Nobbe 61 61, Marco Innocenti beat Petter Edstrom 62 61 to set up a quarterfinal against another Swede, third seed Marcus Jonsson, while second seed Antonio Raffaele won his all-Italian first round match against Alfredo di Cosmo 62 62 to set up a match against American Marc McLean.
Jeremiasz yet to drop a game as men’s seeds advance
World No. 7 Miohael Jeremiasz remains the only player to go into Thursday’s men’s singles quarterfinals having yet to drop a game after sweeping through his second round match against Poland’s Jerzy Kulik 60 60. The Frenchman will play South African fifth seed Evans Maripa for a place in the semifinals after Maripa’s 60 63 over Yoann Quilliou of France
Out of the eight seeds to reach Thursday’s quarterfinals Australian fifth seed had the toughest second round match before finally wrapping up a 64 63 win over Hungary’s Laszlo Farkas.
Weekes will go on to face defending champion Joachim Gerard after the Belgian world No. 4 joined second seed Stephane Houdet and seventh seed Martin Legner in dropping just two games as they also continued to progress through the bottom half of the men’s draw with relative ease.
After dropping just one game in his opening match, world No. 1 Shingo Kunieda emulated Jeremiasz in securing a 60 60 win in the second round, defeating Sweden’s Dan Wallin en route to a quarterfinal match up against British eighth seed David Phillipson. Phillipson ended the hopes of the last Italian in the men’s draw, wasting little time in securing a 61 61 win over Ivan Lion.
Ellerbrock heads women’s quarterfinalists
Three past champions are among the quarterfinal line-up for the women’s singles, with world No. 2 Sabine Ellerbrock opening her title defence with a comfortable 61 60 win over Italy’s Stefania Galletti. The German top seed will play sixth seed Louise Hunt in the last eight after Hunt also won her opening match against Israel’s Inna Mashkovsky 61 60.
Marianna Lauro takes Italian hopes into the last eight after a 63 62 win over Gabriela Buehler and Lauro now faces another Swiss opponent for a place in the semifinals after 2006 and 2007 Sardinia Open champion Karin Suter-Erath began what is only her second tournament of the year with a 63 60 defeat of Italy’s Denise Boldi.
Third seed Sharon Walraven, the 2009 champion in Sardinia, eased to a 63 60 win over Denmark’s Louise Willersley-Olsen, setting up a quarterfinal against Australian seventh seed Janel Manns, who beat Italy’s Monica Quassinti 63 62. After finishing runner-up in the Open de L’Ile de Re at the weekend, French fifth seed Charlotte Famin opened her challenge in Sardinia by beating Austria’s Margrit Fink 62 63.
Famin will now play second seed Jordanne Whiley, who had a walkover.
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