29 Mar 2012

Saida fends off Oh on dramatic day in Pensacola

Match Report

Photo: Philippe BuissinSatoshi Saida (JPN)

World No. 9 Satoshi Saida of Japan won the match of the day in the men’s singles as the Pensacola Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, got underway in Florida yesterday.

Saida edged out Korea’s Sang-Ho Oh 57 62 76(2) to set up a contest against Britain’s Gordon Reid, who was a first round winner in straight sets.

American Jon Rydberg and Britain’s David Phillipson also advanced in three sets in the top half of the draw with Rydberg set to face Dutch world No. 1 Maikel Scheffers after defeating Frederic Cazeaudumec of France 46 62 62.

Phillipson was stretched to a third set by another American player, Steve Baldwin, but came through 64 57 62 to set up a contest against world No. 8 Stefan Olsson of Sweden. Meanwhile, fourth seed Ronald Vink was taken to a first set tiebreak by Britain’s Marc McCarroll before dominating the second set to book his place in the last 16 against Belgium’s Joachim Gerard.

In the bottom half of the men’s draw Poland’s Tadeusz Kruszelnicki took French world No. 6 Nicolas Peifer to a deciding set before Peifer dominated the closing stages to win 62 67(4) 61.

Peifer is one of four Frenchmen in the second round in the bottom half of the draw, with Frederic Cattaneo and Michael Jeremiasz set to meet for a place in the quarterfinals in the only all-French contest on the second day of play.

Peifer will play Tom Egberink, after the young Dutchman held off a strong challenge from Britain’s Alex Jewitt 63 75, while current world No. 1  junior Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina takes on world No. 2 Stephane Houdet.

Kaiser and Nijo advance to meet seeds in women’s singles

With the eight seeded players having first round byes in the women’s singles, the eight first round matches produced just two three set matches, as Japan’s Miho Nijo defeated Austria’s Henriett Koosz, while Emmy Kaiser got the better of fellow American Kaitlyn Verfuerth 64 46 62.

Elsewhere, South Africa’s world No. 10 Kgothatso Montjane led Dutchwoman Dorrie Timmermans 6-2, 3-0 when Timmernans had to retire with injury. 

Two of the matches in the last 16 will see two top ten players go head-to-head as Australia’s Daniela di Toro, who has moved up one place to world No. 8 in this week’s rankings, takes on Germany world No. 5 Sabine Ellerbrock. Belgium’s world No. 6 Annick Sevenans will also play Montjane.

Japan’s Yui Kamiji, who recently reached her career best world ranking at No. 7, will play world No. 11 Katharina Kruger of Germany, while world No. 1 Esther Vergeer starts her title defence against Britain’s Jordanne Whiley.

Burdekin fends off Barten in marathon

With places in the quad singles quarterfinals at stake, world No. 6 Jamie Burdekin came through a marathon first round match against American world No. 9 Bryan Barten. Burdekin prevailed 6-7(2), 6-2, 7-6(5) in a contest lasting four hours and will now play American fourth seed Nick Taylor.

Greg Hasterok of the USA will play Israel’s world No. 3 after defeating Shota Kawano of Japan 63 36 62, South Africa’s Lucas Sithole will play defending champion and world No. 1 Peter Norfolk of Great Britain world No. 2 David Wagner of USA plays Sweden’s world No. 7 Anders Hard.