There were no upsets yesterday in Nottingham in quarterfinal play of this year’s British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships.
On the men’s side, world number one Shingo Kunieda defeated unseeded Marc Mccarroll in straight sets of 6 – 0. Fourth seeded Argentine Gustavo Fernandez had more of a challenge against sixth seed Maikel Scheffers, winning 6 – 2 in both sets. Third seed and world number three Gordon Reid had a difficult go against eighth seeded French player Nicolas Peifer, with the first game ending 6 – 4, lost the second game 1 – 6, and finally winning the third set 6 – 1. France’s world number 2 Stephane Houdet had a bit of a challenge against Belgium’s Joachim Gerard, ranked fifth in the world. Houdet won both sets 6 – 3. Last year, Houdet lost to Gerard in the final at the British Open. Kunieda and Fernandez, Reid and Houdet are scheduled to play tomorrow.
Reid is quoted by Britain’s LTA as saying, “It was a tight first set and it could have gone either way, while in the second he looked like he was just trying to hit the ball as hard as he could on every single shot. […] He was hitting winners all over the place and I maybe lost a bit of focus, but managed to get it back for the deciding set.”
World number one Yui Kamiji defeated South African and world number 7 Kgothatso Montjane 6 – 1 and 6 – 0 in quarterfinal play on the women’s side. Fourth seed Jiske Griffioen easily beat the Netherland’s Marjolein Buis 6 – 0 in the first set, but had more of a challenge in the second while winning 6 – 3. Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock, current world number 3, defeated unseeded Japanese player Kanako Domori 6 – 1 and 6 – 0. World number two Aniek Van Koot had a real challenge in her first match against fifth seeded British player Jordanne Whiley, going 7 – 6 in the first set, before gaining control to win the second match 6 – 1. Kamiji and Griffioen, Ellerbrock and Van Koot will meet in the play later today.