14 Nov 2017

Egberink and Caverzaschi hit form at Bath Indoor


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Photo: Gregory PicoutTom Egberink (NED)

Tom Egberink snapped a losing streak of three matches this season against South Africa’s Evans Maripa on Tuesday’s first day of Bath Indoor as Maripa became the first seed to exit the last ITF 1 Series on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Earlier in the day the tournament’s Court 1 also witnessed the end of another losing streak, with Daniel Caverzaschi beating fellow Spaniard Martin de la Puente for the first time in four matches.

Just two days after contesting the final of the Prague Cup Czech Indoor, having begun the last ITF 2 of the season as seventh seed, Egberink produced another assured performance to defeat eighth seed Maripa 63 61. The previous three matches this season between the two players had seen Maripa come out on top in three three-set contests.

Egberink could now be set for a quarterfinal meeting with world No.1 Gustavo Fernandez. The Dutchman plays Austrian Philip Fielding in the second round, while Fernandez takes on Brit Dermot Bailey.

With seventh seed Takuya Miki also out of the tournament, his withdrawal handing a walkover to Italy’s Luca Spano, the top six seeds all had byes through to Wednesday’s second round.

Caverzaschi will be among those players bidding for a place in the quarterfinals after his third win in seven international matches against de la Puente this year.

Caverzaschi and de la Puente are one of the partnerships heading to next week’s UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters who are finalising their preparations for that event this week in Bath.

Drawn against each other in singles in Bath, de la Puente had won their previous two UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour encounters as well as the final the two contested at Spain’s recent national masters event. However, Caverzaschi’s 57 62 64 victory in Bath sets up a last 16 meeting with Spano.

Italy’s Silvi Culea, Pakistan’s Asif Abbasi, Jef Vandorpe of Belgium, Brit Mark Langeveld and Romania’s Mihair Gaita are also through to contest the second round.

Cotterill overcomes Hard challenge in quad singles

Recently added to the field of six quad singles players who will contest the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in two weeks’ time, Antony Cotterill won the only other three-set match on the opening day of Bath Indoor.

World No. 8 Cotterill dominated the first and third sets to beat Sweden’s former world No. 5 Anders Hard and earn a quarterfinal against USA’s world No. 1 David Wagner.

While the top three seeds all had first round byes, Australian fourth seed Heath Davidson beat last year’s runner-up James Shaw 64 60. Davidson’s next opponent is also British after Richard Green made his relative experience tell as he defeated Gary Cox 60 62.

Top seed Wagner is not the only American who will vie for a place in the semifinals after his doubles partner and former world No.1 Nick Taylor’s comfortable 60 61 win over Hungary’s Attila Csiszar. Taylor next faces third seed Luca Sithole.

Ymanitu Silva of Brazil was almost as dominant, his 61 61 win over Sweden’s Petter Edstrom meaning that he plays second seed Dylan Alcott for a place in the semifinals.  

It was a difficult opening day for Brits Louise Hunt and Lauren Jones in the first two women’s singles round-robin matches. USA’s Dana Mathewson earned a 62 63 win over Hunt to secure a quarterfinal against second seed Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany.

Meanwhile, world No. 10 Charlotte Famin takes on world No. 1 Diede de Groot in the last eight after defeating Jones 63 61.



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