02 May 2012

Chabrecek and Chokyu beat seeds in Israel

Match Report

Photo: Reg CaldecottBoaz Kramer (ISR)

David Chabrecek of the Slovak Republic and Yuka Chokyu of Canada both beat seeded players in the men’s and women’s singles on the second day of the Israel Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

As the seeds got their tournament underway, men’s eighth seed Kamil Fabisiak exited at the hands of Chabrecek, with the Slovakian player sealing a 76(8) 61 victory to earn a quarterfinal against Belgian second seed Joachim Gerard.

The remaining seven seeds all progressed in straight sets. Augustin Ledesma of Argentina will play Polish sixth seed Piotr Jaroszewski in the last eight, while a day after his 23rd birthday third seed Takuya Miki of Japan dropped just three games in his opening match to set up a quarterfinal against Canadian seventh seed Joel Dembe.

Top seed and defending champion Tom Egberink opened his title defence by dropping just one game to Israel wild card entry Pini Levi and Egberink will now play fifth see Laszlo Farkas of Hungary.

In the women’s singles the vastly experience Chokyu was outplayed in the first set of her match against German second seed Bianca Osterer, but Chokyu dug deep to snatch the second set before wrapping up a memorable 16 63 64 victory that earns her a semifinal against Austrian fourth seed Henriett Koosz. Koosz and British third seed Louise Hunt both dropped just three games as they opened their challenges, while top seed Yuko Okabe of Japan led her countrywoman Miho Nijo 6-0, 3-0 when Nijo had to retire.

No more than two games were dropped by any one player throughout the four quad singles quarterfinals, as top seed Shraga Weinberg set up a semifinal against Austria’s Peter Tatschl. The other all-Israeli semifinal features second seed Boaz Kramer and fourth seed Alexander Izrailov.