Photo: Pressefoto LauxRonald Vink (NED)
Ronald Vink and Nicolas Peifer led the eight seeded players into the second round of the men’s singles on the opening day of the Salzburg Tappe Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour and the last ITF 1 Series tournament before next month’s London 2012 Paralympic Tennis Event.
Top seed Vink and second seed Peifer both won their opening matches without dropping a singles game between them on a hot first day in Austria, where temperatures approached 30 degrees.
Vink took just 40 minutes to beat the host nation’s Dan Kleckner, but there was better news for Austria, with victories for Thomas Flax and Martin Legner both progressing.
Flax and Hungary’s Laszlo Farkas both dropped the opening sets of their matches, but then lost just four games apiece in the next two sets to advance, Flax winning the longest match of the day to defeat Korea’s Ji-Hwan Lee 67 61 63.
Meanwhile, after passing 1000 singles match wins at last week’s Belgian Open, Legner yielded just one game against Switzerland’s Daniel Pellegrina as he set up a contest against Eliphas Maripa, one of two South African players that will now attempt to reach the quarterfinals.
One of the closest matches on the first day ended with Ben Weekes beating Poland’s Piotr Jaroszewski 63 75, with Weekes joining fellow Australian Adam Kellerman in the second round.
Sven Hiller and Steffen Sommerfeld give Germany two representatives in the second round as they prepare to take on Vink and Peifer respectively, while Weekes will face Flax and Kellerman will play Swedish seventh seed Peter Vikstrom. Ammerlaan joins fellow Dutchman Vink in challenging for a place in the last eight, with the third seed playing Farkas.
Fourth seed Joachim Gerard of Belgium will bid to continue his recent impressive form as he plays South Africa’s Sydwell Mathonsi, with eighth seed Fabian Mazzei of Italy facing the Slovak Republic’s David Chabrecek.
The four first round matches played in the bottom half of the draw saw American Emmy Kaiser drop a close opening to Austria’s Henriett Koosz, but Kaiser dominated the remainder of the match to win 57 62 62.
Kaiser fights back to reach women’s second round
Kaiser will play Dutch world No. 5 and second seed Marjolein Buis in the quarterfinals after Belgian Open runner-up Buis opened her bid to reach another ITF 1 Series final by defeating Austria’s Margrit Fink 62 60.
Meanwhile, it was a mixed day for Australia as fourth seed Daniela di Toro beat Nicole den Dulk of the Netherlands 60 60, but Janel Manns was only able to win two games against Korea’s Ju-Yeon Park, di Toro’s next opponent.
The only one of the seeded players in the quad singles to have a match on the opening was Italy’s Giuseppe Polidori as the fourth seed eased past Austria’s Werner Pramendorfer 60 60.
The most thrilling match of the day came in a first round men’s doubles match that featured three Austrian players as Kleckner and Lee came from a set down to beat Joseph Riegler and Johannes Steiner 46 62 76.
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Order of Play - Thursday, 2 August 2012