Photo: Reg CaldecottDorrie Timmermans (NED)
Emmy Kaiser of USA became the first seeded player to exit the Belgian Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as the leading players got their women’s singles challenges underway on the second day of play in Jambes.
Dutch player Dorrie Timmermans won a thrilling match against Kaiser, getting the better of two tiebreaks to beat the seventh seed 76(3) 16 76(3).
Timmermans will play fourth seed Daniela di Toro of Australia in the last eight after di Toro joined 2011 runner-up and top seed Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany in winning their first matches of the week 60 60.
With Ellerbrock set to face sixth seed Katharina Kruger in the last eight, there will be a German presence in the semifinals. Meanwhile 2010 champion Lucy Shuker of Great Britain opened her bid to regain the title by defeating Charlotte Famin of France 61 60. Fifth seed Shuker now plays Dutch second seed Marjolein Buis and eighth seed Louise Hunt, Britain’s second quarterfinalist, will take on home favourite and third seed Annick Sevenans.
Legner fends off Kellerman
The match of the day in the men’s singles ended with Austrian eighth seed Martin Legner winning the crucial points to beat Australia’s Adam Kellerman 64 64.
None of the top seven seeded players dropped more than four games as they completed the quarterfinal line, with Legner now set to face Argentinean world No. 6 and fourth seed Gustavo Fernandez, while second seed Stefan Olsson of Sweden faces Belgium’s Joachim Gerard.
The semifinal in the top half of the draw will feature one Dutchman and one Frenchman, after top seed and world No. 3 Ronald Vink continues his title defence with a quarterfinal against Robin Ammerlaan and third seed Nicolas Peifer takes on sixth seed Frederic Cattaneo.
Quad quarterfinal line-up completed
The quarterfinal line-up in the quad singles was also completed, with Sweden’s Marcus Jonsson earning his place in the last eight against American top seed and defending champion David Wagner after beating Thomas Huguenin of France 61 75.
Italy’s Antonio Raffaele will meet Jonsson’s compatriot and third seed Anders Hard after defeating Sebastien Jance of France 60 63, while 15-year-old Ian Payne reached his first ITF 1 Series quarterfinal after he beat his fellow Briton Richard Green 64 62.
Petter Edstrom will be the third Swedish player in the last eight after he had a bye through to the quarterfinals along with his opponent and fourth seed Bryan Barten of USA.
Belgian Open Draws
Order of Play: Thursday, 26 July 2012