20 Mar 2014

Quad singles semifinalists decided at Cajun Classic

Match Report

Photo: William GreinerGreg Hasterok (USA)

The quad singles semifinalists and men’s singles quarterfinalists were decided on the second day of the Cajun Classic as some of the seeded players started to bow out of the ITF 1 Series event in Baton Rouge and Sabine Ellerbrock, Jiske Griffioen and Marjolein Buis completed the line-up for the women’s singles quarterfinals.

Australia’s Dylan Alcott and American defending champion David Wagner will meet for the third time this year in the quad singles semifinals after Alcott powered past world No. 5 and third seed  Greg Hasterok 60 60 in his quarterfinals  

Alcott has moved to a new career high ranking of No. 8 this week after finishing runner-up to Wagner at last week’s ITF 2 Series Desert Classic and Wagner set up a rematch with a comfortable 61 62 win over his fellow American David Buck Both previous matches between Wagner and Alcott have been decided in three close sets.

While there were comfortable wins for Wagner and Alcott, world No.10 and fourth seed Nick Taylor advanced to the last four after a much closer test, the American eventually prevailing 76(2) 76(7) against Canada’s Gary Luker. The Canadia challenge came to an end when Britain’s world No. 7 Jamie Burdekin earned a 63 62 win over world No. 4 and second seed Sarah Hunter.

Kellerman strikes again in men’s singles

A day after defeating former Cajun Classic champion and two-time finalist Ronald Vink, Australia’s Adam Kellerman pulled off another notable result in the men’s singles, earning his place in the last eight after defeating Japanese eighth Takashi Sanada 63 62. Kellerman is the last Australian left in the in the men’s singles after his Belgian quarterfinal opponent and second seed Joachim Gerard beat Ben Weekes 61 60.

While Sanada went out of the tournament, his Japanese countryman and fifth seed Takuya Miki had a tough time before he extended his winning sequence in the USA. Last weekend’s Desert Classic champion had to battle hard before beating South Africa’s Evans Maripa 60 67(2) 75 to set up a quarterfinal against defending Cajun Classic champion third seed Gustavo Fernandez. Argentinian world No. 5 Fernandez eased past Brazil’s Carlos Santos 61 60.

Fernandez maintains the Argentinian challenge after British top seed and world No. 3 Gordon Reid opened his men’s singles campaign with a 61 60 win over Ezequiel Casco. Reid will play 2013 runner-up Nicolas Peifer for a place in this year’s semifinals after the French sixth seed outplayed USA’s former world No. 1 Stephen Welch 60 62.

Dutch fourth seed Maikel Scheffers and French seventh seed Frederic Cattaneo will meet in the other quarterfinal after both dropping just two games apiece in the their second round matches. World No. 6 Scheffers earned a 61 61 win over Frenchman Thomas Vinatier, while world No. 10 Cattaneo beat Canada’s Philippe Bedard 62 60.

Last three women’s quarterfinalists decided

Dutchwomen Marjolein Buis and Jiske Griffioen joined world No. 1 Sabine Ellerbrock in completing the quarterfinal line-up for the women’s singles after 2013 runner-up Buis held off a strong challenge from Britain’s Louise Hunt 63 63. World No. 5 Buis will go on to play South African sixth seed Kgothatso Montjane.

Top seed Sabine Ellerbrock will face Britain’s Jordanne Whiley after a 63 60 win over Japan’s Miho Nijo, while second seed Jiske Griffioen beat fellow Dutchwoman Michaela Spaanstra 61 60 to earn a quarterfinal against eighth seed Katharina Kruger of Germany.