Photo: Gustavo Fernandez (ARG)
The top seven seeds in the men’s singles and all eight seeds in the women’s singles have maintained their challenges after Wednesday’s second day of the Belgian Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, with the all four seeds in the quad singles also advancing to the semifinals.
All four of the matches in the top half of the men’s singles draw were won 60 60, with Argentina’s top seed Gustavo Fernandez moving on to a quarterfinal against fifth seed Martin Legner of Austria, while third seed Frederic Cattaneo of France is set to meet Australian sixth seed Adam Kellerman.
There was a boost for the home fans as Mike Denayer edged out eighth seed Dan Kleckner of Austria 64 64 to earn a quarterfinal against world No. 4 Joachim Gerard, guaranteeing that there will be a Belgian semifinalist.
But as Kleckner’s challenge faltered, his countryman and seventh seed Wolfgang Stieg bounced back from dropping the first set of his opening match to beat Frenchman Pascal Chessel 46 63 62. Stieg now has a tough quarterfinal against fourth seed Satoshi Saida of Japan.
Buis holds on against Spaanstra
There were eight straight sets wins for the seeds in the women’s singles, but world No. 4 Marjolein Buis faced a strong challenge from her fast-improving compatriot Michaela Spaanstra before eventually securing a 64 63 win to fellow Dutch players Aniek van Koot and Sharon Walraven in the quarterfinals.
Buis was runner-up at the Belgian Open in 2012, beaten by current world No. 1 Sabine Ellerbrock, and the German top seed opened her title defence by becoming one of three players in the top half of the draw to secure 60 60 wins. Walraven also advanced without dropping a game and plays Ellerbrock for a place in the semifinals, while sixth seed Kgothatso Montjane moved on to a quarterfinal against Japan’s Miho Nijo.
Chile’s Francisca Mardones will play Buis in a quarterfinal for the second week in a row on the NEC Tour, while Pauline Helouin of France faces world No. 2 van Koot.
Hasterok fends off Polidori
Third seed Sarah Hunter and fourth seed Greg Hasterok both secured hard-won victories over Italian opponents as North American players moved on to occupy three of the four semifinal berths in the quad singles.
Hasterok clinched a 76(3) 76(7) win over former world No. 4 Giuseppe Polidori, with Hunter winning the important points to beat Marco Innocenti 64 64. Hunter will now follow up her British Open semifinal against world No. 1 David Wagner by facing the American top seed once again, while Hasterok will go up against second seed Anders Hard of Sweden after world No. 5 Hard’s 61 75 win over British world No. 8 Antony Cotterill.
Belgian Open Latest Draws and Results
Order of Play - Thursday, 25 July 2013