Rain delayed the start of the second day of play for 10 hours at the Atlanta Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, but when the action finally got underway Jon Rydberg and Steve Welch set up an all-American men’s singles semifinal, while Jordanne Whiley knocked fourth seed Katharina Kruger of Germany out of the women’s singles.
All of the men’s, women’s and quad singles main draw quarterfinal matches were played by the end of the day and former world No. 1 Welch accounted for the second of the top four seeded players to exit the men’s singles.
Sixth seed Welch beat Japanese fourth seed Yoshinobu Fujimoto 62 64 to guaranteed that there will be an American player in the final after Rydberg also beat Japanese fifth seed Takuya Miki 64 62.
World No. 1 Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands and Australian third seed Ben Weekes will meet in the other semifinal. Scheffers came through his quarterfinal against French seventh seed Frederic Cazeaudumec 63 63, with Weekes wrapping up a 62 64 win over eighth seed Masahiro Honma of Japan.
Whiley beats fourth seed Kruger
For the second day in succession one of four seeds in the women’s singles exited at the hands of a British player.
With just one world ranking place currently separating Jordanne Whiley and fourth seed Katharina Kruger, Whiley produced a splendid performance to defeat Kruger 62 60.
Whiley plays world No. 3 Jiske Griffioen in the semifinals after the Dutch top seed won her quarterfinal against American Emmy Kaiser 60 61.
There were comfortable quarterfinal wins for all four semifinalists and Britain’s Lucy Shuker beat Parapan American Games gold medallist Mackenzie Soldan 60 60 to book her place in the last four against Dutch world No. 9 Sharon Walraven. Third seed Walraven dropped just one game in the second set of her quarterfinal against Chile’s Francisca Mardones.
Hasterok holds off Dieleman
All four seeds have reached the quad singles semifinals, but not before fourth seed Greg Hasterok was given a tough time by Canadian Adrian Dieleman.
Hasterok will face world No. 1 David Wagner in the all-American semifinals after Wagner’s 60 60 win over his compatriot David Jordan.
Second seed Nick Taylor dropped just one game in his quarterfinal against Francois Trawalter of France, while third seed Bryan Barten beat Japan’s Takahiro Koga 61 64 and will now attempt to beat Taylor for first time in 14 head-to-heads on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.