Photo: James Jordan PhotographyLouise Hunt (GBR)
Louise Hunt saved two match points to win the only three set match on Wednesday’s first day of the Nottingham Indoor, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as the final ITF 1 Series event of 2013 got underway in Great Britain.
Hunt was a set and 6-5 down and 40-15 down against Dutchwoman Michaela Spaanstra in the last match on court before fighting back to complete a 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-3 victory that earns her a women’s singles quarter-final against German top seed and world No. 2 Sabine Ellerbrock, who is also Hunt’s doubles partner.
“I’m delighted with my mental strength again today. It’s the second time in a few weeks I’ve got myself out of a difficult situation and it’s down to my mental toughness, so I’m very pleased to have come through against a good opponent. It’s the second time in the last month I’ve gone to three sets with Micha and I’ve won both matches.”
Meanwhile, German top seed and 2011 champion Sabine Elllerbrock, second seed and defending champion Jiske Griffioen and fourth seed and 2010 champion Jordanne Whiley all opened their campaigns with 60 60 wins. Third seed Marjolein Buis gave Netherlands a second quarterfinalist after defeating Charlotte Famin of France 61 62, while 2008 champion Lucy Shuker beat leading Dutch junior Diede de Groot 63 62.
Men’s seeds advance with ease
Local Nottinghamshire player David Phillipson made a fine start to his challenge, dropping just one game to world No. 1 ranked junior Alfie Hewett.
With just one world ranking place currently separating the two players in the men’s singles rankings, the highly anticipated all-British contest ended with world No. 21 and eight seed Phillipson having lost just the fourth game of the match for a 61 60 victory.
Defending champion Maikel Scheffers was even more dominant in his opening match, dropping just one point in his 12 games against Brit Shaun Swetman. None of the eight seeded men’s players dropped more than two games, with French sixth seed Frederic Cattaneo, seventh Marc McCarroll of Great Britain, Israel’s Asaaf Stokol and young Dutchman Carlos Anker all booking their places in the second round without dropping a single game.
World No. 4 Gordon Reid, who won the Nottingham Indoor title in 2011 and who has contested the last two finals against Scheffers, defeated Hungary’s Laszlo Farkas 60 62
Adam Field was the only seeded player in action in the first round of the quad singles and he safely reached the last eight after beating fellow Brit Richard Green 63 62.
Top seed Andy Lapthorne, second seed Antony Cotterill and third seed Antonio Raffaele all begin their quad singles campaigns on Thursday’s second day of play in Nottingham.