Photo: Pavel BilikDavid Chabrecek (SVK)
After beating Russia’s Yuriy Golovin en route to winning the men’s consolation singles at last week’s Czech Open, the Slovak Republic’s David Chabrecek beat Golovin again on Wednesday’s first day of the Slovakia Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Trnava.
Chabrecek made home advantage count when defeating Golovin 61 76(2) and the home favourite now faces French eighth seed Yoann Quilliou in the second round.
With all of the eight seeded players having byes, the eight first round matches included two three set matches as Poland’s Pawel Mietrkiewicz reached his second successive second round. Mietrkiewicz beat Russia’s Aleksandr Fedorov 62 26 61 to set up an all-Polish second round match against third seed Tadeusz Kruszelnicki.
There was further Polish success when Kamil Fabisiak beat Austria’s Dan Kleckner for the second time in three weeks, following up his Polish Open win over Kleckner when coming from a set down to defeat Kleckner 46 61 63. Fabisiak now plays his compatriot and seventh seed Piotr Jaroszewski, guaranteeing that the quarterfinals will feature two Polish players.
Mirolsav Brychta, a quarterfinalist last week on home soil at the Czech Open, beat his countryman Jan Hasek 61 62 in their first round match. Brychta will now be the first opponent of the week for top seed Frederic Cattaneo when the Frenchman begins his bid for his third ITF 2 Series title in as many weeks after victories at the Polish Open and the Czech Open.
Meanwhile, the Czech Republic’s Dalibor Potucek beat Russian Vladimir Tarasov 60 62 to set up a contest against fourth seed David Phillipson of Great Britain. Michal Stefanu will give the Czech Republic three players in the second round after defeating Russia’s Konstantin Afinogenov 64 60. Stefanu will meet sixth seed Thomas Mossier of Austria for a place in the quarterfinals.
Austria will also have three players in the second round after Josef Riegler beat Poland’s Jerzy Kulik 63 63. Riegler now comes up against second seed Legner, guaranteeing that there will be an Austrian player in the last eight alongside the two guaranteed Polish players.
Manns progresses in women’s singles
There were just three women’s singles matches on the opening day of play in Trnava, with Australia’s Janel Manns edging the closest of the day’s matches as she booked a quarterfinal berth after defeating Dutchwoman Mieke can Chastelet 63 76(6).
After first round byes, Germany’s top two seeds also discovered their quarterfinal opponents. Neither Katharina Kruger nor Bianca Osterer reached the final of last week’s Czech Open, where they also both started the tournament as the top two seeds. However, Kruger is set to get her Slovakia Open campaign off to a winning start against Russian junior Viktoriia Lvova, after Lvova’s 60 61 win over the Czech Republic’s Petra Krizkova.
Poland’s Lucyna Mietrkiewicz also beat an opponent from the Czech Republic, overcoming Ladislava Porizkova 63 61 to set up a quarterfinal against Osterer.
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