Photo: Pavel BilikFrederic Cattaneo (FRA)
Frederic Cattaneo provided the perfect start for the home players at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open de France, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, when the French world No. 11 upset world No. 5 Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina in Tuesday’s first round of the men’s singles in Antony, Paris.
Cattaneo had only taken Fernandez to three sets once before, in the first of their four previous career head-to-to-heads in 2001, at the US Open USTA Championships Super Series. However, the London 2012 men’s doubles silver medallist, who returns to France this week after three back-to-back ITF 2 Series singles titles in Poland, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, secured one of the biggest wins of his career as he battled past fifth Fernandez 36 64 63.
Cattaneo’s victory over Fernandez ensures that at least two Frenchman will be in the quarterfinals as he now faces his countryman Lahcen Majdi. World No. 2 Stephane Houdet will also face compatriot Yoann Quilliou in the second round.
Elsewhere in the men’s first round MajdI, Vianney Martin, Cattaneo’s London 2012 silver medal-wiining partner Nicolas Peifer, Sebastien Husser, Quilliou and Houdet all came through all-French matches in straight sets.
For Peifer, Houdet, Japanese world No. 1 Shingo Kunieda of Japan, Dutch third seed Maikel Schffers and British fourth seed Gordon Reid the fourth Super Series event on the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour began with 60 60 wins, while Cattaneo’s victory over Fernandez was the only three set match of the day.
The pick of the second round matches on paper include contests between world No. 3 Scheffers and world No. 10 Peifer and world No. 9 and eighth seed Stefan Olsson of Sweden and world No. 12 Tom Egberink of Netherlands.
Famin among early match winners in women’s singles
There were four women’s singles matches on the opening day, two of which ended in wins for French players as the line-up for the last 16 was completed.
The closest women’s match on paper turned out to be the closest match on the day, too as world No. 23 Charlotte Famin defeated world No.26 Macarena Cabrillana of Chile.
Pauline Helouin joined her compatriot in the next round, securing one of two 60 60 wins as she eased past Souad Yamani in the only all-French women’s match.
Russia’s Polina Shakirova, who has become the world No. 1 junior girls’ player for the first time this week, secured the other 60 60 win as she swept past Evelyne Claverie of France.
While Cabrillana went out of the women’s singles, there was better news for her fellow Chilean Francisca Mardones, who defeated Russia’s Evgeniya Korotkina 60 63. Mardones will now become the first opponent this week for Dutch world No. 1 and defending champion Aniek van Koot.
BNP Paribas Open de France Draws and Results
Order of Play - Wednesday, 26 June 2013