Photo: CWTAMichal Stefanu (CZE)
Two seeds exited the men’s singles on Thursday’s second day of the Slovakia Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after the Czech Republic’s Michal Stefanu defeated sixth seed Thomas Mossier of Austria and Kamil Fabisiak beat his fellow Pole Piotr Jaroszewski.
Stefanu lost to Mossier in the last 16 in Trnava in 2012, but came from a set down this year to avenge that loss when wrapping up a 57 64 61 victory.
After reaching the quarterfinals, Stefanu will nowq play third seed Tadeusz Kruzelnicki after the former world No. 3 beat Pawel Mietrkiewicz 60 61 in one the day’s two all-Polish contests.
The other all-Polish contest ended in Fabisiak beating seventh seed Jaroszewski for just the second time in seven head-to-heads on the NEC Tour as he progressed 64 61.
With Stefanu having beaten Mossier, Fabisiak will now play the only remaining Austrian player in the men’s singles after second seed Martin Legner beat his compatriot Josef Riegler 62 61.
There will a French player in the semifinals after top seed and defending champion Frederic Cattaneo won through to face eighth seed Yoann Quilliuo. After first round bye Cattaneo opened his bid to claim his third successive ITF2 Series title with a 60 61 win over the Czech Republic’s Miroslav Brychta.
Meanwhile, Quilliou ended the men’s main draw singles hopes of the host nation when beating the Slovak Republic’s David Chabrecek 62 62.
A third 60 61 win on the day belonged to Great Britain’s David Phillipson after the fourth seed eased past the Czech Republic’s Dalibor Potucek. Phillipson’s quarterfinal opponent will be German fifth seed Steffen Sommerfeld.
A day after Austrian junior Nico Langmann had beaten the much more experienced and higher ranked Russian Leonid Shevchik he provided considerable opposition for Sommerfeld, but on this occasion the more experienced player held on as Sommerfeld advanced to the last eight 64 64.
Seeds advance to women’s singles semifinals
All four seeded players moved into the women’s singles semifinals as Germany’s Katharina Kruger and Bianca Osterer opened their challenges with straight sets wins.
There were mixed fortunes for Russia’s top two ranked juniors in the top half of the draw as top seed Kruger began her tournament with a 60 64 win over Viktoriia Lvova. However, third seed Polina Shakirova progressed comfortably after overcoming Ukraine’s Olena Shyngaryova 62 63.
After bowing out of last week’s Czech Open in her first match, Osterer made a much better start in Trnava after beating Poland’s Lucyna Mietrkiewicz 64 62. Osterer faces a trough semifinal against third seed Macarena Cabrillana of Chile, who withstood a second set comeback from Australia’s Janel Manns to record a 61 57 62 win.
There was an upset in the women’s doubles as the finalists were decided.
Manns and Shyngaryova edged a thrilling contest against top seeds Kruger and Dutchwoman Mieke van Chastelet after a deciding championship tiebreak to win their semifinal 64 26 (10-8). Manns and Shyngaryova will face second seeds Cabrillana and Osterer in the final after the second seeds beat Lvova and Shakirova 60 64.
Order of Play - Friday, 21 June 2013
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