Photo: Chris Vaughan / Tennis FoundationMarc McCarroll (GBR)
Britain’s Marc McCarroll and Japan’s Kanako Domori beat the first two seeded players to exit the British Open, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, on the second day of play as the men’s women’s and quad singles quarterfinalists were all decided at Nottingham Tennis Centre.
McCarroll ensured his place in the last eight of the British Open for the first time when he overcame world No. 7 Takuya Miki of Japan 26 76(6) 62 for his fourth career win over the Japanese player, but his first this year.
“It’s a big win for me as it’s the first time I’ve beaten a top eight player and a player now playing at Grand Slams, so I’m really pleased with today’s performance,” said McCarroll, a former semi-professional football player who took up wheelchair tennis in 2005 after being injured in car accident in 2003.
“I made a slow start and maybe gave him a bit too much respect, but I refocused and made a good start to the second set and was able to play my game. If I can play my own game I know I can compete against the top ten.”
McCarroll will now play world No.1 Shingo Kunieda of Japan after the remaining seven seeds all reached the quarter-finals, including world No. 3 Gordon Reid, who produced a polished performance to beat Sweden’s former world No. 2 Stefan Olsson 61 60. Reid takes on world No. 9 Nicolas Peifer of France for a place in the semifinals.
Local Nottinghamshire player David Phillipson came close to making it three Brits in the men’s quarterfinals, but eventually bowed out 62 46 64 to Dutch two-time British Open champion Maikel Scheffers, who now faces Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez, with world No. 2 Stephane Houdet of France playing defending champion Joachim Gerard of Belgium in a rematch of the 2013 final. Houdet was in fine form as be beat Japan’s world No. 10 Takashi Sanada 62 61.
With seven of the eight seeds advancing to the women’s singles quarterfinals, Japan’s Kanako Domori beat the first world top 10 player to go out of the event, overcoming eighth seed and world No. 9 Katharina Kruger 36 63 64 to deny Kruger an all-German quarterfinal against world No. 3 Sabine Ellerbrock.
World No.5 Jordanne Whiley raced through her all-British contest against Val Fisher 60, 60 to earn a quarterfinal against Dutch world No. 2 Aniek van Koot. Van Koot booked her place in the last eight after her 63 61 win over Brit Louise Hunt. World No. 10 Lucy Shuker also bowed out to Dutch opposition, as world No. 4 Jiske Griffioen progressed 61 63 to set up a quarterfinal against her compatriot Marjolein Buis.
World No. 1 Yui Kamiji and South Africa’s world No. 8 Kgothatso Montjane contest the other quarter-final.
Brits Andy Lapthorne, Jamie Burdekin and Antony Cotterill will all feature in the quad singles quarterfinals, with world No. 3 Lapthorne and world No. 5 Burdekin set to meet afters securing straight sets wins over Italy’s Alberto Corradi and Jerome de Meyere of France respectively.
Cotterill beat Spain’s Victor Garcia Asensio 63 64 to book a meeting with South Africa’s defending champion Lucas Sithole in the last eight. World No. 1 David Wagner faces fellow American David Buck and their compatriot Greg Hasterok plays Australian fourth seed Dylan Alcott after straight sets wins for all the seeds in the quad singles.
Order of Play - Thursday, 17 July 2014