10 Jan 2018

Moroishi, Sugeno into quad singles quarters in Sydney

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Photo: Sergio Llamera/Anibal GrecoMitsuteru Moroishi (JPN)

Japan’s Koji Sugeno and Mitsuteru Moroishi will be the first opponents of 2018 for world No. 1 David Wagner and reigning champion Dylan Alcott, respectively, when the quad singles quarterfinals take place on Thursday at the Sydney International Wheelchair Tennis Open, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Sugeno and Moroishi earned straight sets wins on Wednesday in the only main draw singles matches on the schedule at the first Super Series event of the year as the men’s and women’s doubles reached the semifinal stage by the close of play.

Sugeno, who ended 2017on a high with victory at the ITF 2 Series Prague Cup Czech Indoor, wasted little time in defeating India’s Harry Boniface Prabhu 60 60 and he will now play Wagner for the first time.

Moroishi also dominated his opening match of the year to beat Chinese Taipei’s Chu-Yin Huang 60 61. The Japanese world No. 10 will now play Alcott for the first time in UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour competition since Alcott won their semifinal in Sydney in 2016.

Top seeds make early men’s and women’s doubles progress

While competition resumes in the men’s and women’s singles on Thursday, when all the singles quarterfinals take place, the top seeded partnerships made largely comfortable progress to the last four of the men’s and women’s doubles.

The only three set contest and the closest of the day’s doubles quarterfinals saw Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock and South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane outlast Marjolein Buis and Katharina Kruger 57 61 64. Ellerbrock and Montjane face top seeds Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot for a place in the final after the Dutch duo’s opening 61 62 win over Japan’s Saki Takamuro and Manami Tanaka.

Japanese fortunes improved in the bottom half of the draw, with Kanako Domori and Mie Fukazawa defeating Yumiko Inoue and China P.R’s Ziying Wang 64 61. Second seeds Yui Kamiji and Lucy Shuker meet Domori and Fukasawa in the last four after Kamiji and Shuker, women’s doubles champions at the US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships, the last Super Series tournament of 2017, opened 2018 with a comprehensive 62 60 win over Chinese pairing Hui Min Huang and Zhenzhen Zhu.

With six matches to complete two rounds in the men’s doubles, reigning UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters champions Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid, runners-up in Sydney in 2017, got their 2018 doubles campaign underway with a 62 61 win over Japan’s Daisuke Arai and Yoshinobu Fujimoto.

Third seeds Joachim Gerard and Stefan Olsson also defeated all-Japanese opposition, beating Satoshi Saida and Kouhei Suzuki 61 61 ahead of playing Hewett and Reid for the first time since they met in the round-robin phase of November’s UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters.

Reigning Sydney International Open champions and this year’s second seeds, Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, began their title defence by beating Evans Maripa and Takashi Sanada 61 64. Houdet and Peifer play fourth seeds Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda in the last four as the two partnerships go head-to-head for the first time since the French duo beat Fernandez and Kunieda in last September’s final at the US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships in St. Louis.   

2018 Sydney International Wheelchair Tennis Open Draws