Photo: William GreinerAdam Kellerman (AUS)
Australia’s world No. 16 Adam Kellerman ended the title ambitions of 2010 champion and 2011 and 2012 runner-up Ronald Vink on Wednesday’s first day of the ITF 1 Series Cajun Classic in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as the men’s singles second round line-up was completed and the quad singles quarterfinalists were decided along with five of the women’s singles quarterfinalists.
Kellerman, the world No 16, is currently ranked higher than Dutch former world No. 3 Vink, suggesting there was little surprise attached to his 63 62 win, but Kellerman had never previously taken a set off Vink in three previous meetings, the last two of which came in 2012.
“I’m feeling very fulfilled. I was really focused and played well,” said Kellerman, who will go on to face Japanese eighth seed Takashi Sanada, a 76(3) 62 winner over another former world No. 3, Austrian Martin Legner.
Also in the bottom half of the men’s draw, Kellerman’s fellow Australian Ben Weekes also dropped just five games against Dan Kleckner to end Austrian hopes and Weekes moves on to play Belgian second seed Joachim Gerard for a place in the quarterfinals.
With world No. 4 Gerard and top seed and world No. 3 Gordon Reid having first round byes, the highest seeded players in action on the opening day were world No. 5 Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and world No. 6 Maikel Scheffers of Netherlands. Tthe third and fourth seeds both enjoyed 60 60 wins along with French sixth seed Nicolas Peifer and USA’s former world No. 1 Steve Welch.
The day’s only three set match ended in Frenchman Thomas Vinatier securing a 57 64 63 win over Brazil’s Daniel Rodrigues. Just a week after Rodrigues and Carlos Santos helped Brazil win the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Americas Qualification, there was better news for Santos, who dropped just two games to young Dutchman Carlos Anker.
Santos will face Fernandez in an all-South American second round contest, while Ezequiel Casco doubles the Argentinian presence in second round and will be the first opponent for Reid. Canada’s Philippe Bedard and French seventh seed Frederic Cattaneo will also go head-to-head after routine first round wins, as will Japan’s Takuya Miki and South Africa’s Evans Maripa. Miki secured an exact repeat of his 60 64 win over Brit Marc McCarroll in last Sunday’s Desert Classic final in Arizona.
Van Koot among women’s quarterfinalists
Five of the eight seeds are already into the women’s singles quarterfinals, with three places in the last eight still to be filled during the second day of play.
Those to have already advanced to the quarterfinals include Dutch world No. 4 Aniek van Koot, who opened her title defence with a comprehensive 61 61 win over Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Morch. Van Koot will now face British seventh seed Lucy Shuker, who eased past American Elizabeth William 60 60.
Fifth seed Jordanne Whiley will face Germany’s world No. 1 Sabine Ellerbrock or Japan’s Miho Nijo after beating American Emmy Kaiser 62 62.
Three players had to play first round matches to reach the last 16 of the women’s singles, among then being Dutch player Michaela Spaanstra, who came through the only three set women’s match on the first day to earn a 46 63 62 win over Chile’s Francisca Mardones, earning a second round contest against her compatriot and world No. 3 Jiske Griffioen.
Nijo and Britain’s Louise Hunt also won first round matches in straight sets. Nijo now plays Germany’s world No. 1 Sabine Ellerbrock and Hunt faces Dutch world No. 5 Marjolein Buis on Thursday.
Of the eight seeded players in the women’s singles, eighth seed Katharina Kruger had the closest match in the last 16 before overcoming Chile’s Macarena Cabrillana 64 63. Kruger will play the winner of Griffioen and Spaanstra’s match, while South African sixth seed Kgothatso Montjane faces either Buis or Hunt.
Luker edges into quad singles quarterfinals
There will be two Canadian players in the quad singles quarterfinals after Gary Luker staged the comeback of the day to edge past his compatriot Adrian Dieleman 36 76(4) 61. Luker takes on American fourth seed Nick Taylor In the last eight after Taylor opened his challenge with a 60 60 victory.
There could yet be an all-Canadian semifinal in the bottom half of the draw after world No. 4 and second seed Sarah Hunter prevailed 64 64 against Britain’s world No. 6 Antony Cotterill, while world No. 7 Jamie Burdekin held off USA’s Bryan Barten 63 64.
David Wagner opened his title defence with a 62 75 win over Japan’s Shota Kawano, while David Buck beat India’s Harry Boniface Prabhu to ensure an all-American quarterfinal. Greg Hasterok boosts the American presence in the last eight after his 75 62 win over Canada’s Robert Shaw. Third seed Hasterok has a difficult quarterfinal against Australia’s Dylan Alcott.
Alcott has improved his career best ranking to No. 8 this week after being a finalist at the Desert Classic, where he beat Hasterok in the semifinals.