Photo: Jamie WilkinsonYi-Shan Wu (TPE)
Sunday’s Queensland Open champion Michael Jeremiasz opened his men’s singles challenge at the Be Active Adelaide Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, with a comfortable 60 63 victory over his fellow Frenchman Frederic Cazeaudumec on Tuesday.
The former world No. 1 now plays another of his countrymen in the quarterfinals after second seed and world No. 9 Frederic Cattaneo beat David Phillipson, the player Jeremiasz beat in three sets in his Queensland semifinal, in another tight three set contest.
With some fascinating contests scheduled on the opening day of action, Phillipson’s fellow Briton Marc McCarroll gained his first career win in seven attempts against the vastly experienced Austrian Martin Legner 67(3) 63 60 to avenge his loss to Legner in the semifinals in Queensland.
Meanwhile, after his first round loss to Phillipson in Queensland, Gordon Reid got his Adelaide challenge off to a better start, third seed Reid edging Tom Egberink 46 61 63 as all four top seeds progressed. However, of those four top seeds only top seed Satoshi Saida of Japan advanced in straight sets after he beat his compatriot Yoshinobu Fujimoto 61 75. Another all-Japanese contest ended with fourth seed Takashi Sanada defeating Takuya Miki 63 46 62.
Chinese Taipei’s Chia-Yi Lu and Yi-Shan Wu were among the first round winners in the women’s singles as they denied the host nation’s Janel Manns and Luba Josevski respectively, but Lu and Wu were unable to progress to the quarters later in the day after second losses to Britain’s fourth seed Jordanne Whiley and eighth seed Louise Hunt respectively.
Whiley plays American Emmy Kaiser in the last eight after Kaiser recovered from losing a one-sided first set to defeat seventh seed Yuko Okabe of Japan 16 63 62, with Hunt set to face South African third seed Kgothatso Montjane, who has moved up one place in this week’s world rankings to make her top 10 debut after her semifinal berth at the Queensland Open. Kgothatso
Japan’s Miho Nijo was one of the players to gain an early 63 62 win over Natalia Mayara of Brazil to set up a contest against Australian top seed Daniela di Toro. However, di Toro won their quarterfinal 63 63 and now plays another Japanese opponent, fifth seed Kanako Domori, in the last eight.
In the quad singles, top seed Italian Marco Innocenti defeated Greg Hasterok 76 64 in a rematch of last week's Queensland Open final to set up a semifinal with Japan's Shota Kawano. Second seed Lucas Sithole of South Africa easily overcame Japan’s Takashi Nagaoka 61 60 and will now face Britain's John Parfitt in the semifinals.