Photo: Tennis FoundationIan Payne (GBR)
Sixteen year-old Ian Payne secured the biggest win of his career to date on the second day of the Austrian Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour. when he beat second seed Sebastien Jance to reach the quad singles semifinals
The Briton moved to within one game of what could be his first main draw singles final on the NEC Tour after he beat Frenchman Jance 62 46 63. Payne will play Russia’s Konstantin Donskoy in the semifinals after Donskoy also came through his opening match in three sets, defeating Patrick Sappino 75 62 26 on what was a disappointing day for the French players.
With three Austrian players in the two quarterfinals in the top half of the draw, Peter Tatschl will carry the hopes of the host nation in the last four after beating his compatriot Harald Pramendorfer 61 61. Tatschl plays Italy’s Antonio Raffaele for a place in the final after Raffaele’s 60 61 win over Markus Wallner.
While it was a rest day in the women’s singles ahead of Friday’s semifinals, all eight seeded players reached the men’s singles quarterfinals after Germany’s Steffen Sommerfeld fought back from a set down to maintain his challenge.
Eighth seed Sommerfeld reached the last eight in Gross Siegherts for the first time since 2008 after beating Frenchman Yoann Quilliou, the player currently world ranked just one place below Sommerfeld, 46 61 63. Sommerfeld’s quarterfinal opponent will be Japanese third seed Takuya Miki, last month’s winner of the German Open.
Third seed Tom Egberink opened his title defence with a 63 60 win over Poland’s Piotr Jaroszewski, with Australian sixth seed now awaiting Egberink in the last eight. Kellerman is one match away from his third NEC Tour semifinal in as many weeks after defeating Kamil Fabisiak 61 60, with Polish fortunes now resting with Tadeusz Kruszelnicki after the seventh seed led Austria’s Dan Kleckner 4-0 when Kleckner had to retire.
Top seed Nicolas Peifer takes on Kruszelnicki for a place in the semifinals after beating Sri Lanka’s Dissanayake 64 61, while fourth seed Martin Legner is once again the last Austrian player left in the men’s singles. Legner and South African fifth seed Evans Maripa dropped just three games apiece in their opening matches ahead of going head-to-head for a place in the last four.
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