06 Apr 2012

Seeds tumble at Florida Open

Match Report

Gustavo Fernandez (ARG)

Peter Vikstrom of Sweden, Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez both knocked seeded players out of the men’s singles on the second day of the Florida Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Meanwhile, South African world No. 11 Lucas Sithole accounted for seventh seed Anders Hard of Sweden in the quad singles and Japan’s world No. 6 Yui Kamiji edged past world No. 9 Sharon Walraven of the Netherlands in a final set tiebreak.

Vikstrom beat world No. 6 Robin Ammerlaan of the Netherlands 16 61 63 to set up a quarterfinal against Dutch world No. 1 Maikel Scheffers, while Fernandez, the world No. 1 ranked junior player, defeated Sweden’s world No. 8 Stefan Olsson 36 64 64 to book his place in the last eight against a former world No. 1 ranked junior players, Nicolas Peifer of France

Aside from Vikstrom and Fernandez, the other quarterfinalists all progressed in straight sets, with world No. 2 Stephane Houdet set to meet fellow Frenchman Michael Jeremiasz, while world No. 9 Ronald Vink of the Netherlands will play Japan’s world No. 9 Satoshi Saida.

Kamiji edged Walraven

Yui Kamiji, who has moved up one place to a career best world ranking of No. 6 this week, earned a thrilling 61 46 76(3) victory over Walraven and will now face world No. 1 Esther Vergeer for the second successive week. Vergeer opened her title defence with a 61 61 win over Korea’s Ju-Yeon Park.

With straight sets wins for the other players to have reached the women’s quarterfinals, Dutch world No. 3 Jiske Griffioen and Germany’s world No. 5 Sabine Ellerbrock will meet for a place in the semi-finals, while world No. 2 Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands an Belgium’s world No. 7 Annick Sevenans will also go head-to-head.

World No. 8 Daniela di Toro of Australia will also play Dutch world No. 4 Marjolein Buis.

Sithole beats Hard to set up Norfolk rematch

Sithole will meet world No. 1 and defending champion Peter Norfolk of Great Britain in a quarterfinal for the second successive week after defeating world No. 7 Hard 76(3) 16 62. Norfolk opened his title defence with a 60 61 victory over Chile’s Pablo Araya and will now bid to follow up his straight sets win over Sithole in the quarterfinals of the Pensacola Open.

There will be one Briton in the semifinals after world No. 4 Jamie Burdekin and world No. 6 Andrew Lapthorne both advanced in straight sets to set up a clash in the last eight.

World No. 3 Noam Gershony led Canada’s Sarah Hunter 3-0 in their second round match before Hunter had to retire with injury and the Israeli third seed will now play American world No. 9 Bryan Barten.

Meanwhile, the only all-American quarterfinal will see world No. 2 David Wagner play his doubles partner Nick Taylor.