19 Sep 2013

Women's seeds bow out in France

Match Report

Photo: Bernard PacalinEvelyne Claverie (FRA)

Just two seeded players have seen their singles challenges end after the first two days of the Toyota Open de L’Ile de Re, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, with the quarterfinal line-ups in the men’s and women’s singles and the quad singles semifinal line-up all complete heading into Friday’s third day of the ITF 2 Series tournament.

After beating fourth seed Pauline Helouin in three sets on the opening day of the women’s singles, Evelyne Claverie faces a tough test if she is to reach the semifinals after Spain’s Lola Ochoa opened her campaign on Thursday’s second day of competition.

Ochoa beat world No. 1 ranked junior and sixth seed Polina Shakirova 62 61 to book a quarterfinal against Claverie and while Ochoa’s past form means that her win over Shakirova is arguably no big surprise, what it does mean is that there will be an unseeded player in the women’s semifinals.

With three women’s quarterfinalists already decided on the first day, the remaining matches needed to complete the last eight included a 61 60 win for German top seed Katharina Kruger, who will now face Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Morch. Meanwhile, second seed Charlotte Famin became the fourth French player to earn a place in the women’s singles after easing past Cathy Portier 60 60.

British third seed Louise Hunt added to a disappointing day for the Russian players after securing another 60 60 win over Veronika Zvik. Hunt will play Dutch fifth seed Mihcaela Spaanstra for a place in the semifinals after Spaanstra’s 64 61 win over Australia’s Janel Manns.

Seeds move into quad singles semifinals

All four seeds have progressed to the semifinals of the quad singles, but not before Thomas Huguenin was forced to come from a set down as he keeps home French hopes alive in the event.

Huguenin’s 46 62 60 win over his compatriot Sebastien Jance sets him up with a semifinal against British second seed Adam Field and also proved to be the sole only success for French players after Field beat Stephane Erismann 63 62,while third seed Marcus Jonsson of Sweden ended the challenge of Sophie Fraioli 60 60.

With players from four different countries set to contest the quad singles semifinals, top seed Antonio Raffaele of Italy was made to work much hard for his win over Richard Green, but eventually saw off the challenge of the Briton 63 64. Raffaele faces a tough semifinal against Jonsson as the Italian bids for back-to-back ITF 2 Series titles, having won August’s Salzburg Open.  

Men’s seeds progress with ease  

There were few surprises as the eight seeded players all began their challenges on the second day of the men’s singles, with Belgium’s defending champion Joachim set for a quarterfinal that will be a rematch of his 2012 semifinal against Austria’s Martin Legner. Gerard edged Legner 75 76(6) en route to last year’s final and both players  dropped just one game apiece in their opening matches this year against Gert Vos and Herbert Keller.

Second seed Nicolas Peifer, last year’s runner-up, and third seed Frederic Cattaneo, both recorded straight sets wins in the day’s two all-French match-ups in the men’s singles and Peifer will now face another former world No. 1 ranked junior when he takes on eight seed Alfie Hewett of Great Britain. Cattaneo will face seventh seed David Phillipson in another French-British quarterfinal.

Hewett was the only men’s seed to be taken to a tiebreak on the second day, but he held on for a 61 76(4) victory over Poland’s Albin Batycki, while fourth seed Ben Weekes of Australia and South African fifth seed Evans Maripa both secured 61 61 wins ahead of meeting each other for a place in the semifinals.