15 Nov 2017

Montjane beats fourth seed Shuker to Bath Indoor semi

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Photo: Reg CaldecottKgothatso Montjane (RSA)

With exactly two weeks to go until the start of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters South Africa’s world No. 8 Kgothatso Montjane earnt a timely win over fourth seed Lucy Shuker on Wednesday’s second day of Bath Indoor, the last ITF 1 Series on the 2017 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

After just one meeting between Montjane and Shuker previously this season, a quarterfinal contest that Shuker won in straight sets at the Cajun Classic in March, Montjane narrowly clinched the opening set in Bath. However, she got much the better of the decider to advance 75 46 61, earning her first win over Shuker since January 2015 and a place in the last four against second seed Sabine Ellerbrock.

Ellerbrock and top seed Diede de Groot both claimed 63 62 wins against Dana Mathewson and Charlotte Famin as de Groot opened her title defence confidently. But the most clear-cut victory of the day in the women’s singles belonged to de Groot’s fellow Dutchwoman and her next opponent, third seed Marjolein Buis, who wasted little time in defeating Sweden’s Mirjiami Olsson 60 60.

Alcott and Davidson to contest quad singles semifinal

While all four seeds will contest the quad singles semifinals, the only other certainty to date is that there will be an Australian in the final.

Rio Paralympic gold medallist and second seed Alcott opened his first Bath Indoor challenge with a 61 61 victory over Ymanitu Silva of Brazil. Davidson was even more dominant against Britain’s Richard Green, racing to a 60 61 victory. Rio Paralympic champions Alcott and Davidson later combined to make a winning start to their quad doubles campaign.

World No. 1 David Wagner also made a winning debut in Bath, beating world No. 8 Antony Cotterill 62 61. Cotterill was unable to stretch Wagner to a third and final set for the second successive match after they went to a decider at the French Riviera Open at the end of September.

The USA top seed will now play South Africa’s world No. 4 Lucas Sithole for a place in the final, Sithole having beaten Wagner’s compatriot and doubles partner, former world No. 1 Nick Taylor of USA in the last eight.

Men’s singles last eight ease through to quarterfinals

A combined total of just seven games were dropped across Wednesday’s eight second round matches in the men’s singles

With the first day of play having come to an end with the loss of the seventh and eighth seeds, the remaining players had few problems in progressing.

Second seed Alfie Hewett and reigning champion and fifth seed Joachim Gerard both wrapped up 60 60 wins in double-quick time ahead of playing each other for a place in the semifinals.

Dutch wild card Tom Egberink also posted a 60 60 victory over Austria’s Philip Fielding, while world No. 1 Gustavo Fernandez, Wimbledon champion and fourth seed Stefan Olsson, Spain’s Daniel Caverzaschi and sixth see Takashi Sanada all dropped one game apiece.

In fact the only player to drop more than one game in the second round matches was third seed Gordon Reid, who now faces Sanada after defeating talented young Belgian Jef Vandorpe 62 61. Fernandez will play Egberink for a place in the semifinals and Olsson takes on Caverzaschi.