28 Mar 2014

Kellerman earns repeat win over seed Sanada

Match Report

Photo: William GreinerAdam Kellerman (AUS)

Australia’s Adam Kellerman reached his second successive ITF 1 Series men’s singles quarterfinal on Thursday’s second day of the Pensacola Open as seven of the eight seeds reached the last eight, while two of the seeded players bowed out of the quad singles and all four seeds reached the women’s singles semi-finals.  

World No. 16 Kellerman beat Japanese eighth seed and world No. 13 Takashi Sanada in straight sets in the second round of a tournament for the second time in a week, following up his Cajun Classic win over Sanada with a 60 61 win in Pensacola.

Kellerman will meet world No. 5 Gustavo Fernandez in the last eight after Argentina’s defending champion survived an early scare against South Africa’s Evans Maripa before advancing 76(2) 62.

Second seed Joachim Gerard had a tough opening match and quickly slipped a set down to Dutch former world No. 3 Ronald Vink, but Vink was unable to maintain his level and Gerard set up a quarterfinal against sixth seed Nicolas Peifer of France.

Three of Friday’s men’s quarterfinalists won their second round matches 60 60. They included British top seed Gordon Reid and seventh seed Frederic Cattaneo of France, who will now meet for a place in the semifinals, while Japanese fifth seed Takuya Miki also beat Carlos Anker 60 60 ahead of meeting his second Dutch opponent in succession when he takes on Dutch fourth seed Maikel Scheffers.

Hunter and Cotterill bow out of quad singles

Second seed Sarah Hunter of Canada and fourth seed Antony Cotterill of Great Britain exited the quad singles in their opening matches of the tournament.

Although USA’s Nick Taylor has dropped out of the world’s top 10 this week, the former world No. 1 remains the highest ranked player to compete in a power chair and Taylor, currently world ranked No.11, beat world No. 4 Hunter to set up a quarterfinal against another Canadian opponent, Adrian Dieleman.

Dieleman and Gary Luker maintained the Canadian challenge, with Dieleman dropping just three games to his countryman Robert Shaw, while Luker beat American David Jordan 61 76(4) to book his place in the last eight against world No. 5 Jamie Burdekin.

Burdekin, winner of last week’s Cajun Classic, won his all-British contest against Cotterill 63 63 and is on course for a possible semifinal against world No. 1 David Wagner, having beaten Wagner in the final in Baton Rouge last weekend. Wagner started his Pensacola Open title defence with a 61 75 win over Japan’s Shota Kawano to earn his all-American quarterfinal against Marc McLean.  

Third seed Greg Hasterok of USA and Australia’s world No. 7 Dylan Alcott will meet in the other quarterfinal, with Alcott looking for his third win over world No. 6 Hasterok in three weeks, after they met in the semifinals of the ITF 2 Series Desert Classic and the quarterfinals of last week’s Cajun Classic.

Whiley joins Dutch trio in women’s semis

Fourth seed Jordanne Whiley will seek to prevent an all-Dutch women‘s singles final in Pensacola when she takes on second seed Aniek van Koot in the semifinals.

Top seed Jiske Griffioen and third seed Marjolein Buis will meet in the other semifinal.

World No. 6 Whiley advanced to the last eight with a 63 60 win over Emmanuelle Morch of France, while van Koot’s much tougher quarterfinal on paper proved just that as the world No.  4 edged out South Africa’s world No. 7 Kgothatso Montjane.

Both Griffioen and Buis won 60 60 against Willemein Smits and Shelby Baron, respectively.

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