13 Aug 2014

Kruszelnicki beats long-time rival Legner

Match Report

Tadeusz Kruszelnicki (POL)

Tadeusz Kruszelnciki won the latest instalment in one of the most enduring rivalries in wheelchair tennis on the second day of the Wroclaw Cup when beating Martin Legner to reach the men’s singles quarterfinals.

Kruszelnicki and Legner, both former world No. 3 ranked players, first met in 1996 in Austria, Legner’s home country. Legner won that match for the loss of just two games, but 62 matches later it was Kruszelnicki who thrilled his home supporters in Poland as he earned a 63 64 to extend to a 37-26 lead in their career head=to-head record.

After winning the first two men’s singles titles at the Wroclaw Cup in 2003 and 2004, Kruszelnicki’s latest victory at the ITF 2 Series event on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour saw him eliminate the first seeded player at this week’s tournament. Legner was the fifth seed and after a contest that featured two players with a combined age of 110, Kruszelnicki now faces the youngest player in the last eight, 16-year-old world No. 1 ranked junior and fourth seed Alfie Hewett.

Hewett, a 61 62 winner over the Czech Republic’s Michal Stefanu, is one of three British players to have reached the quarterfinals after top seed Marc McCarroll beat Germany’s Sven Hiller 64 62 and third seed David Phillipson, last year’s runner-up, defeated Austria’s Josef Riegler 62 62.

One of the longest matches of the day ended in a 67(6) 76(5) 63 victory for French seventh seed Thomas Vinatier over the Czech Republic’s. Vinatier advances to a quarterfinal against McCarroll. Sixth seed Kamil Fabisiak won his all-Polish second round match against Piotr Jaroszewski 60 64 ahead of meeting Australian second seed Adam Kellerman, who opened his title defence in Wroclaw with a 61 62 win over Germany’s Sven Sommerfeld.

Morch earns win over Wysocka to reach women’s semis   

While Kruszelnicki won the first two Wroclaw Cup men’s singles titles, Agnieszka Wysocka claimed the first five women’s singles titles between 2003 and 2007, but the former world No. 6, who won the last of her six titles in Wroclaw in 2010, had her title ambitions ended this year by French fourth seed Emmanuelle Morch.

Morch wrapped up a 76(6) 63 victory over Wysocka as all four women’s seeds reached the semifinals, with the Frenchwoman going on to play Dutch second seed Michaela Spaanstra. Spaansstra, who is looking to continue her fine recent form on clay this summer, wasted little time in overcoming  the Czech Republic’s Ladislava Porizkova 60 61.

With Wysocka bowing out, German top seed Katharina Kruger is the only former champion left in the women’s singles draw and the world No. 9 stretched her stretched her unbeaten head-to-head record against Christine Schoenn of France to ten matches with a 63 62 victory, while USA’s Emmy Kaiser defeated Poland’s  Lucyna Mietrkiewicz 61 63.

Italy’s world No. 9 Antonio Raffaele is the only player unbeaten in the quad singles round-robin after a 60 60 win over Poland’s Jacek Wierdak and a much tougher 36 61 63 victory over Israel’s Itay Erenlib. Raffaele has another potentially tough match to come against Dorrie Timmermans-van Hall of Netherlands, while Timmermans-van Hall has already gone to a deciding set with Erenlib, the Israeli edging a thrilling contest 16 63 76(5).

Wroclaw Cup Draws