22 Mar 2018

Zhu beats van Koot to reach Cajun Classic quarters

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Photo: Ellen HeathZhenzhen Zhu (CHN)

Zhenzhen Zhu added Aniek van Koot to the growing list of Top 10 ranked players the Chinese No. 1 has beaten as the women’s, men’s and quad singles quarterfinalists were decided on Wednesday at the Cajun Classic, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Canada’s Robert Shaw and Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva also beat seeded opposition in the quad singles as Britain’s Antony Cotterill and USA’s Bryan Barten bowed out.

Zhu’s first ever match against van Koot was at the 2016 Cajun Classic, when Zhu took the Dutchwoman to three sets. Van Koot pulled through 62 36 62 to reach the women’s singles last eight on that occasion, but at the same stage of this year’s event current world No. 28 Zhu earned her first career win over the world No. 3 75 64.

Zhu will now try to reach her first Super Series singles semifinal when she takes on German sixth seed Katharina Kruger on Thursday. Kruger booked her quarterfinal berth with a 62 63 win over Mackenzie Soldan of USA.

A week on from taking Diede de Groot to three sets at the Georgia Open, Colombia’s Angelia Bernal also took world No. 4 Sabine Ellerbrock to a deciding set as the two players met for the first time on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour. Ellerbrock held on to win 64 36 64 and plays seventh seed Lucy Shuker next after Shuker’s 63 75 win over USA’s Emmy Kaiser. Should Kruger and Ellerbrock both win their quarterfinals, there will be an all-German semifinal in Baton Rouge.

While van Koot went out to Chinese opposition, fourth seed Marjolein Buis fared much better against Hui Min Huang, the world No. 5 beginning her Cajun Classic tile defence with a 64 63 win. Buis now meets seventh seed Charlotte Famin of France, who edged two tiebreaks before finally ending the challenge of Japan’s Manami Tanaka 76(3) 76(5).

Buis and top seed De Groot maintain the Dutch challenge in the top half of the women’s singles draw, with de Groot racing through her opening match against Yumiko Inoue 60 60. Fifth seed Kgothatso Montjane also beat Japanese opposition, beating Shiori Fumamizu 62 63 to set up a quarterfinal against de Groot.

Shaw beats Cotterill again as Silva ends Barten’s challenge

Shaw maintained his unbeaten record against world No. 9 Cotterill, making it three wins in three matches this season and four in total as the Canadian beat the sixth seed 61 62. Shaw’s reward is a quarterfinal against world No. 1 David Wagner after the USA top seed opened his Cajun Classic title defence with a 60 61 win over Chile’s Pablo Araya.

Silva ended world No. 8 Barten’s hopes of back-to-back titles in successive weeks when he engineered a determined comeback to beat last week’s Georgia Open champion 06 63 64. Silva now meets third seed Dylan Alcott after the four-time Australian Open champion and third seed opened his account with a 61 62 win over Shota Kawano of Japan.

Japanese hopes continue courtesy of Mitsuteru Moroishi after the eighth seed beat compatriot Mika Ishikawa 62 60. Fourth seed Lucas Sithole is Moroishi’s next opponent following the South African’s 64 60 win over former world No. 1 Nick Taylor.

Andy Lapthorne and Heath Davidson, who met in last year’s Cajun Classic semifinals, play each other in the quarterfinals this year. Fifth seed Davidson opened his title bid in Baton Rouge this year with a 60 61 victory over Sweden’s Petter Edstrom, while second seed Lapthorne beat Koji Sugeno 64 61 in a rematch of their semifinal at last month’s Bolton Indoor.

Gerard and Kunieda to meet in men’s quarterfinals

Joachim Gerard and Shingo Kunieda are set to meet in a quarterfinal for the second successive week as all eight seeds came safely through their opening men’s singles matches in Baton Rouge on Wednesday.

Last week Gerard beat Australian Open champion Kunieda to reach the Georgia Open semifinals. The Belgian eighth seed will aim for a repeat result after wasting little time in beating Chile’s Diego Perez 60 60. Third seed Kunieda also had little trouble in beating Gaetan Menguy of France 61 61.

The bottom half of the men’s quarterfinal draw also features a rematch of last week’s Georgia Open semifinal between world No. 2 Gustavo Fernandez and fifth seed Gordon Reid. Fernandez and Reid’s only previous meeting at the Cajun Classic came in 2014 when Reid won their men’s singles final. The Briton booked his place in the last eight this year with an opening 63 687(6) 61 victory over Daniel Rodrigues of Brazil.

Fernandez was one of four seeds to register 60 60 wins in the round of 16 when he beat USA’s Casey Ratzlaff. Georgia Open champion Stephane Houdet and fellow Frenchman Nicolas Peifer also beat Belgium’s Mike Denayer and Todd Hanover of USA without dropping a game. World No. 3 Houdet now meets seventh seed Takashi Sanada after Sanada’s 63 60 win over world No. 10 Maikel Scheffers. Peifer plays world No. 1 Alfie Hewett for a place in the semifinals after Hewett began his Cajun Classic title defence with a 62 62 win over Japan’s Kouhei Suzuki.