Photo: William GreinerKgothatso Montjane (RSA)
The singles quarterfinal line-ups were completed on Wednesday at the US Open USTA Championships, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, before a thunderstorm brought a premature end to the second day of play in St Louis with the scheduled last eight matches in the quad singles and the doubles events postponed until Thursday.
The much-anticipated all-French men’s singles second round match between 2005 champion Michael Jeremiasz and 2012 champion and second seed Stephane Houdet saw world No. 10 Jeremiasz make en encouraging start to just his second competitive match since January, However, world No.2 Houdet finished much the stronger as he secured a 64 60 victory that earns him a quarterfinal against Dutch world No. 6 Maikel Scheffers.
Despite his loss, Jeremiasz declared himself ‘glad to be back in the thrill of competition’ ahead of next week’s US Open in New York, with the Frenchman having been awarded the men’s wild card for the final Grand Slam of 2014, where he partnered Scheffers to the men’s doubles title last year.
World No. 8 Nicolas Peifer became the second Frenchman to book a place in the last eight in St. Louis after battling back from a set down to defeat Australian Adam Kellerman 36 64 62.
World No. 9 Takashi Sanada will also meet world No. 3 Gordon Reid in the quarterfinals after completing his match against Brazil’s Daniel Rodrigues that had been held over from Tuesday’s first day of play due to rain. Sanada’s passage to the last eight didn’t have the best start as Rodrigues took the opening set but the Japanese eighth seed claimed 12 of the last 14 games to prevail 36 60 62.
South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane completed a women’s singles quarterfinal line-up that will also feature all eight seeded players after a comfortable 63 62 win over Chile’s Macarena Cabrillana. Seventh seed and world No. 8 Montjane progresses to a meeting with Dutch fourth seed Jiske Griffioen.
Bryan Barten also became the fourth American to reach the last eight of the quad singles after defeating his compatriot Steven Baxter 60 61, earning a quarterfinal against 2013 runner-up and world No. 3 Andy Lapthorne of Great Britain.
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