Photo: Masaoki FukuiNoam Gershony (ISR)
The quad singles quarterfinals and doubles first round matches took centre stage on the second day of the Japan Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after rain led to the cancellation of the men’s and women’s singles matches.
All eight seeds progressed safely to the quad singles quarterfinals, although sixth seed and world No. 9 Shraga Weinberg of Israel had his progresses temporarily interrupted by Italy’s Marco Innocenti.
World No. 12 Innocenti kept himself in the tournament when he clinched the second set against Weinberg, but the Israeli former world No. 1 dominated the closing stages to win 61 46 61 and set up a quarterfinal against British second seed Peter Norfolk.
Norfolk began his bid for a fourth Japan Open title with a comfortable 62 61 victory over Japan’s Shinichi Hirata, but the most comprehensive victory of the day belonged to Norfolk’s fellow Brit and world No. 6 Jamie Burdekin, who eased past Japan’s Hiroshi Toma 60 60.
Burdekin now plays fourth seed and world No. 5 Nick Taylor and their quarterfinal could be the pick of the last eight matches after Taylor beat Malaysia’s Azman Hasan 61 63 in his opening match . Burdekin’s one three of his last four matches against his higher ranked opponent and won both Super Series quarterfinals they contested in 2011.
An American semifinalist is guaranteed in the top half of the quad singles draw after defending champion David Wagner and eighth seed Bryan Barten both reached the last eight after wins over Japanese opponents.
Barten had the toughest task of the two players, but managed to complete his first match in straight sets as he secured 62 75 win over Mitsuteru Moroishi, while world No. 1 Wagner began his bid for his sixth successive Japan Open title by defeating Shota Kawano 62 64.
After Innocenti’s three set loss to Weinberg, Italian interest in the quad singles ended in the top half of the draw, too. World No. 3 Noam Gershony defeated Antonio Raffaele 63 62, while South African seventh seed Lucas Sithole beat Giuseppe Polidori 61 63. Gershony and Sithole will now play each other for the first time on the NEC Tour.
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