Photo: Mathilde DusolMichael Jeremiasz (FRA)
Michael Jeremiasz of France extended his unbeaten run on the 2012 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters to nine matches on Sunday after a sensational three set victory over 2011 ITF World Champion and current world No. 1 Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands in the first round of the men’s singles at the Melbourne Open.
Former world No. 1 Jeremiasz, who received a wild card entry into the Melbourne tournament, the third of three back-to-back ITF 2 Series status events to start the season, defeated the Dutch player who currently sits atop the world ranking 62 06 63.
Jeremiasz goes on to face Austrian Martin Legner in Monday’s quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Scheffers will now look to the first Super Series tournament of the season, the Sydney International Open, which starts on Friday, to try and register his first main draw singles win of 2012.
World No. 8 Satoshi Saida will face another Dutch quarterfinalist, Tom Egberink, in the last eight. Saida defeated Britain’s David Phillipson 76(3) 62 in the first round, while Egberink dented Australian hopes for this week’s tournament with a 61 62 victory over Ben Weekes.
World No. 4 Ronald Vink, the winner of the Melbourne tournament in 2010, repeated his victory over Britain’s Marc McCarroll in the semifinals two years ago, despite dropping a second set tiebreak. Vink progressed 60 67(6) 61, but Gordon Reid improved British fortunes after he edged out Frenchman Frederic Cazeaudumec 63 75.
The early exchanges in the women’s singles, which features a field that includes the reappearance of world No. 1 Esther Vergeer among seven of the current top 10 payers, saw world No. 2 Aniek van Koot and world No. 4 Marjolein Buis both progress comfortably, with Buis defeating Colombia’s Johana Martinez 63 60.
Belgian world No. 7 Annick Sevenans also eased past Sarah Calati of Australia 61 60 to set up a meeting with Chile’s Maria-Antonieta Ortiz, while the all-British contest between doubles partners Jordanne Whiley and Louise Hunt ended with Whiley advancing to the second round 62 60.