30 May 2012

Whiley upsets Kamiji at Korea Open

Match Report

Photo: Do-Won KimJordanne Whiley (GBR)

World No. 13 Jordanne Whiley has produced the most notable result so far at the Korea Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after the Briton beat Japan’s world No. 7 and second seed Yui Kamiji on the second day of the ITF 1 Series tournament at the Olympic Park Tennis Centre in Seoul.

As the current and last previous world No. 1 ranked junior players went head-to-head just days after winning silver and bronze medals respectively with their countries at the World Team Cup at the same venue, Kamiji snatched a first set tiebreak from Whiley. However, Whiley fought back and dominated the closing stages to seal a 6764 61 victory.

With the remaining three seeds all reaching the last four, Whiley will play world No. 8 and third seed Daniela Di Toro of Australia in the semifinals. Di Toro also had a tough task to earn her progress , but the former world No. 1 held on to beat Germany’s Katharina Kruger 75 76(3).

In the top half of the draw top seed Aniek van Koot and fourth seed Lucy Shuker both had more comfortable routes into the semifinals. World No. 2 van Koot, the 2011 Korea Open runner-up, defeated Japan’s Kanako Domori 62 61 in her quarterfinal, while Shuker secured a 61 62 win over Francisca Mardones of Chile.

After the completion of the first two rounds in the men’s singles, all eight seeds have booked their quarterfinal berths, but not before fifth seed Takashi Sanada was taken to a deciding set by South Africa’s Eliphas Maripa.

Sanada eventually beat Maripa 62 46 61 and will play fourth seed Frederic Cattaneo of France for a place in the semifinals.

Among the other quarterfinals, seventh seed Marc McCarroll played Agustin Ledesma in a rematch of their first singles rubber in Great Britain’s victory of Argentina in the play-off for fifth place at the World Team Cup. The outcome was McCarroll’s second win over Ledesma in a week as the Briton advanced 63 64 book a semifinal against defending champion and second seed Satoshi Saida of Japan.

Gordon Reid gave Britain a second representative in the quarterfinals after defeating his countryman David Phillipson 62 63. Reid, who has gained his first ever world top 10 ranking this week, will play Australian eighth seed Ben Weekes in the last eight.

Meanwhile the quarterfinal at the top of the draw provides another intriguing contest as top seed and world No. 9 Gustavo Fernandez takes on Belgium’s Joachim Gerard. In a rematch of their recent Japan Open quarterfinal, Gerard will hope to take more than the two games he won in Iizuka from the eventual Japan Open champion.

All four seeds are also into the quad singles semifinals after each posting comfortable semifinal wins.

Top seed Jamie Burdekin beat the host nation’s Ho San Wang 61 61 to set up a semifinal against South African world No. 10 Lucas Sithole, while second seed Anders Hard of Sweden and third seed Shota Kawano of Japan joined Burdekin in defeating Korean player. Hard and Kawano will now play each other for a place in the final.