Photo: Pavel BilikMartin Legner (AUT)
All eight seeds reached the men’s singles quarterfinals on the second day of the Slovakia Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while Lucy Shuker earned a hard fought victory in the women’s singles to keep her title defence on track.
Two of the men’s quarterfinals will be between Austrian and Polish players. Third seed Martin Legner, a semifinalist in 2011, will face his second Polish opponent in successive days after opening his tournament with a 60 63 victory over Kamil Fabisiak. Legner now faces Piotr Jaroszewski, who defeated Thomas Vinatier of France 64 60.
Meanwhile, fourth seed Tadeusz Kruszelnicki, who also reached the last four last year, eased to a 61 61 victory over Dan Kleckner and now takes on his second Austrian opponent in two days when he plays sixth seed Thomas Mossier. Mossier came through his opening match against the Czech Republic’s Michal Stefanu 64 62.
While Stefanu’s challenge came to an end, his compatriot Miroslav Brycthta survived a first set tiebreak before overcoming Poland’s Jerzy Kulik 76(5) 60. Brychta’s quarterfinal opponent will be top seed and 2011 runner-up Frederic Cattaneo after Cattaneo’s 61 64 win over his fellow Frenchman Yoan Quilliou.
At the bottom of the draw Swedish second seed Peter Vikstrom made the most impressive start of all the seeded players as he eased to a 60 60 win over the Czech Republic’s Dalibor Potucek.
Meanwhile, seventh seed Steffen Sommerfeld of Germany ended the challenge of home favourite David Chabrecek and will now play Vikstrom for a place in the semifinals.
In the women’s singles Shuker faced a determined challenge form Austria’s Henriett Koosz and was made to work hard before securing a 64 75 victory. The Briton’s last round-robin match will be against another Austrian player, Brigitte Seyer, who was beaten 63 60 by Dutchwoman Mieke van Chastelet in their second match of the week.
To watch a video recording of the women's singles match between Lucy Shuker (GBR) and Henriett Koosz (AUT), click here.