02 Aug 2012

Sevenans survives early scare in Salzburg

Match Report

Photo: Pressefoto LauxAnnick Sevenans (BEL)

All the seeded players remain in the men’s, women’s and quad singles after the second day of the Salzburg Tappe Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, although two-time champion Annick Sevenans of Belgium had to survive an early scare before advancing to the women’s singles quarterfinals.

With top seed Sabine Ellerbrock having a first round bye, just three women’s matches were needed to complete the line-up for the quarterfinals and an upset looked to be on the cards as Germany’s Katharina Kruger eased to the first set against third seed Sevenans. However, having won just two games in the opening set Sevenans went on to drop just two games in the remainder of the match to secure a 26 61 61 victory.

There was an upset in the rankings in one of the other two women’s matches as Russia’s Polina Shackirova made light of being ranked more than 40 places lower than Gabriela Buehler to edge out the Swiss player 64 64.

Ellerbrock, the runner-up in Salzburg in 2011, will begin her bid to reach the final again against Britain’s Lucy Shuker, who won her opening match against Italy’s Marianna Lauro 61 63.

Vikstrom holds on as men’s seeds reach quarterfinals

While Ellerbrock has yet to start her bid to reach the final for a second successive year, defending men’s champion Ronald Vink has dropped just four games en route to the quarterfinals after he beat Germany’s Sven Hiller 62 62.

Top seed Vink will play fifth seed Martin Legner in the last eight after Legner maintained the hopes of the Austrian supporters when he defeated South Africa’s Eliphas Maripa 63 63. Meanwhile, second seed Nicolas Peifer of France and sixth seed Ben Weekes of Australia will also go head-to-head for a place in the semifinals after each winning their second round matches against Germany’s Steffen Sommerfeld and Austria’s Thomas Flax.

There was a hint of a possible upset as seventh seed Peter Vikstrom of Sweden took on Australia’s Adam Kellerman, with Kellerman snatching the opening set in a tiebreak. However, his bid to join his countryman Weekes in the last eight ended as Vikstrom recovered well to win 67 62 62. However, there were no early problems for Dutch third seed Robin Ammerlaan, who will play Vikstrom next after easing past Hungary’s Laszlo Farkas 62 60.

Fourth seed Joachim Gerard of Belgium and eighth seed Fabian Mazzei of Italy contest the other quarterfinal after Gerard powered past South Africa’s Sydwell Mathonsi 60 60 and Mazzei produced another convincing performance to beat the Slovak Republic’s David Chabrecek 60 63.

Quad semifinalists decided

There will be two Italian players in the quad singles semifinals to challenge the top two seeds.

Top seed Lucas Sithole of South Africa began his Salzburg Open challenge with a comfortable 60 62 victory over Russia’s Konstantin Donskoy. Third seed Antonio Raffaele beat Thomas Huguenin of France 63 62 to book his place in the semifinals against Sithole.

The other semifinal will see British second seed Adam Field, who beat Petter Edstrom of Sweden 61 60, play fourth seed Giuseppe Polidori after Polidori’s 62 63 win over Sebastien Jance of France.   

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Order of Play - Friday, 3 August 2012