14 Mar 2014

Becker among first round winners at Desert Classic

Match Report

Photo: William GreinerJohn Becker (USA)

There were few surprises on Thursday’s first day of the Fab-U-Life Desert Classic, the first of three high level tournaments in the United States in March, with American John Becker securing victory in the only three set match of the day as the men’s singles quarterfinalists and quad singles semifinalists were decided in Tucson, Arizona and the first four matches were played in the women’s singles round-robin.

Becker fought back to beat Brazil’s Pedro Rocha 57 62 60 and earn a quarterfinal against second seed Marc McCarroll after the Brit defeated David Eads 60 61.

Top seed Takuya Miki had a much tougher start than McCarroll, but the Japanese world No. 8 held on to defeat American Steve Baldwin, one of last year’s semifinalists in Tucson, 63 64. While Miki plays Thomas Vinatier of France next, another of last year’s semifinalists, Michael Foulks, bowed out to Austria’s Marin Legner, whose 60 60 win set him up for a fascinating last eight meeting with Australian third seed Adam Kellerman.

There are two Australian seeds in the men’s singles and fourth seed Ben Weekes will face Ezeqiuel Casco of Argentina for a place in the semifinals.

Alcott to meet Hasterok in quad singles semifinals

After making such a promising start to his quad division career in New Zealand and Australia in January, world No. 10 Dylan Alcott eased into the last four of the quad singles in Tucson after defeating American David Buck 60 60.

With three world top 10 players in the semifinals, Alcott will meet world No. 5 Greg Hasterok for a place in the final after Hasterok’s opening 60 60 win over fellow American Fred Amaya. India’s Harry Boniface Prabhu also features in the last four following his 62 63 win over USA’s Shoeb Khan. Prabhu will now play his doubles partner and top seed David Wagner after world No. 1 Wagner’s first round bye.

Miho Nijo won two matches in a day as the women’s singles round-robin got underway with the Japanese player defeating Denmark’s Louise Willersley-Olsen 61 61 and USA’s Dana Mathewson 60 62. World No. 10 Katharina Kruger of Germany had a closer match against Mathewson, but still prevailed 62 76(4), while Brit Louise Hunt recorded a 62 61 win over Willsersley-Olsen.

With just two women’s singles matches to come on Friday’s second day of play, Hunt will meet Nijo and Kruger will face Willersley-Olsen.