Photo: Reg CaldecottAlex Jewitt
Alex Jewitt secured the outstanding win on the first day of the Swiss Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, on Tuesday when the Briton beat Austria’s Martin Legner for the loss of just three games in the first round of the men’s singles in Geneva.
World No.38 Jewitt secured arguably the biggest win of his career as he defeated world No. 15 and former world No. 3 Legner 62 61 to set up a second round meeting with Dutch world No. 2 Maikel Scheffers.
While none of the top seven seeded players dropped more than three games as thy advanced to the second round, the closest men’s match ended with eighth seed Joachim Gerard of Belgium prevailing 63 76(3) against Australia’s Adam Kellerman. Gerard will face Christophe Vouillamoz, one of three Swiss players to progress on the first day of the ITF 1 Series tournament, in the second round.
The pick of the second round matches could be the contest between Britain’s Gordon Reid and Takuya Miki of Japan,
Kruger survives early scare against Chokyu
Pauline Helouin of France came from a set down to beat Switzerland’s Simona Rusnak 36 63 64 to complete the last 16 line-up in the women’s singles and will now face world No. 1 Esther Vergeer.
Meanwhile, in the bottom half of the draw the first four women’s quarterfinalists were decided, with German eighth seed Katharina Kruger dropping her first set of the tournament before recovering to defeat Canada’s Yuka Chokyu 36 63 62.
Kruger will play world No. 2 Aniek van Koot in the last eight after van Koot opened her tournament by beating Johana Martinez of Colombia 61 61.
World No. 4 Sabine Ellerbrock also dropped just two games as the German third seed beat Atlanta 1996 Paralympic champion and former world No. 1 Maaike Smit of the Netherlands, who is making a rare appearance on the NEC Tour in Switzerland, 62 60.
Ellerbrock’s quarterfinal opponent will be British sixth seed Lucy Shuker, who eased to a 63 60 win over Japan’s Kanako Domori.
Quad singles quarterfinal line-up completed
Three Swedish players will contest the quad singles quarterfinals after Marcus Jonsson and Christer Jansson were among the winners on the first day.
With the four seeds having byes into the last eight, Jonsson beat Great Britain’s Adam Field 62 63 to book his place in the last eight against his compatriot and third seed Anders Hard.
Jansson beat Patrick Sappino of France 61 60 and will play world No. 1 David Wagner of USA in the last eight, while the all-French contest between Stephane Erismann and Sebastian Jance saw Erismann advance 62 62 to face second seed Jamie Burdekin.
Italy’s Antonio Raffaele completes the quarterfinal line-up after beating Austria’s Peter Tatschl, with American fourth seed Bryan Barten awaiting Raffaele.
Swiss Open Latest Draws
Order of Play: Wednesday, 11 July 2012