Photo: Steve WylieLucy Shuker (GBR)
World No. 8 Lucy Shuker produced the most prominent result on the second day of the Melbourne Open when the Brit defeated world No. 5 Marjolein Buis to reach the women’s singles semifinals.
The men’s singles semifinalists were also decided on the second day of the ITF 2 Series tournament with Gordon Reid beating Japan’s Takuya Miki in three sets in a rematch of the their Sydney International Open final.
The extreme heat in Melbourne meant that the day’s competition came to an end after the singles quarterfinals, with the quad singles semifinals and opening doubles matches all scheduled for Saturday’s third day of play.
Shuker, who has beaten Buis just once in each of the last two seasons, earned a 76(2), 64 win over the Dutchwoman to close the gap in their career head-to-heads to 8-6.
Shuker will face top seed Sabine Ellerbrock in the semifinals after the German world No. 2 beat world No. 6 Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa 61 75.
Both quarterfinals in the bottom half of the draw ended in more comfortable wins for second seed Yui Kamiji and third seed Jiske Griffioen, who will now go head-to-head in a rematch of their semifinal in Sydney.
World No. 3 Kamiji eased to a 60 60 win over American Elizabeth Williams and will now hope for a better semifinal performance against Griffioen after taking only two games off the Dutchwoman in Sydney. Sydney champion Griffioen extended her unbeaten sequence for the season with a 61 62 win over Britain’s Jordanne Whiley.
Kunieda and Reid to meet again in semifinals
After beating Japan’s Shingo Kunieda and Takuya Miki to win his first Super Series title in Sydney at the start of the week, world No. 4 Reid was taken to a three sets by Miki in Melbourne, but still came through their quarterfinal 62 26 61 to repeat his win over Miki in the Sydney final. The Brit will now face Kunieda in another intriguing semifinal after Kunieda powered to a 60 60 quarterfinal win over South Africa’s Evans Maripa.
For the second successive tournament in Australia world No. 3 Joachim Gerard had another close match against Japan’s Takashi Sanada, but again he also eventually repeated his win over Sanada in Sydney. Gerard advanced 76(6) 64 to earn a semifinal against Dutch fourth seed Maikel Scheffers, who ended Australian hopes with a 63 61 win over Keegan Oh-Chee.