Photo: Tommy Hindley / Professional SportRafael Medeiros (BRA)
Four of the eight men’s singles first round matches went to a deciding set on Thursday’s opening day of the Copa Guga Kuerten, the ITF 3 Series event on the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour that is part of the Guga Kuerten Week in Florianopolis, Brazil.
Three of the four three set matches ended in victories for Brazilian players, with the host nation going into the second day of play with six of the eight quarterfinalists in the men’s singles.
Christophe Royet recovered from an indifferent second set against Argentina’s Guillermo Camusso to secure a 62 06 62 victory that sets him up with an all-Brazilian quarterfinal against second seed Rafael Medeiros, who recorded the day’s only 60 60 win in beating Uruguay’s Enrique Rodrigues.
Luiz Ferreira and Marcos Vasconcelos also won through to the last eight in all-Brazilian three set matches, with Vasconcelos making the comeback of the day to defeat Sebastiao Silva 16 60 61.
The day’s only men’s singles match not involving a Brazilian player resulted in arguably the match of the day as Colombia’s Fabio Padilla edged out Jose Castricini 76(3) 36 75 on what was a disappointing day for three Argentinian players, as defending champion and top seed Carlos Santos also beat Mario Garcia 62 61.
Santos and Padilla will meet for a place in the semis, while Ferreira will play Mauricio Pomme in one of two all-Brazilian quarterfinals after Pomme’s 76(4) 63 win over Chile’s Franciscao Cayulef.
Keegan Oh-Chee will be the only player from outside South America to contest the quarterfinals after the 20-year-old Australian won his opening match against Jader Caser 62 64. Oh-Cheeplas Vasconcelos in the last eight.
Medrano joins Brazilian and Chilean players in women’s last eight
There was not as much success for the Brazilian players involved in the five first round matches in the women’s singles, but on the other hand Andrea Medrano improved Argentinian fortunes after defeating Brazil’s Maria Alves 60 60.
With top seed Macarena Cabrillana being awarded a bye through to the last eight of the women’s singles, she will be joined in the quarterfinals by fellow Chileans Isabel Aguirre and Maria Paz Diaz.
Aguirre won the only three set match in the women’s single first round after defeating Brazil’s Maria Ferreira 57 61 61 to earn a quarterfinal against Paz Dias, who also dented Brazilian hopes after beating Millena Santos 61 60.
Aline Cabral and Meirycoll Silva both won all-Brazilian first round matches in straight sets and the quarterfinals will feature four Brazilian players after Natalia Mayara and Rejane Candida both had byes.
There is a bumper entry of 13 Brazilian players in the junior singles, which also arrives at the quarterfinal stage on Friday’s second day of play in Florianopolis.