For the second week in a row Ruairi Logan claimed a first round victory over a Top 100 ranked men’s singles player as Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament got underway on Tuesday at USN Bolton Arena.
Meanwhile, there was a fine win against a higher ranked opponent for Richard Green in the quad singles and a Brit is guaranteed a place in the women’s singles semi-finals later in the week.
Fourteen-year-old Logan repeated his feat in the first round of last week’s Preston Indoor when he beat a player ranked more than 100 places above him, this time defeating Russian world No.86 Leonid Shevchik 6-1, 4-6, 7-5. Logan will now play South African fifth seed Evans Maripa for a place in the quarter-finals.
Logan was not the only Brit to beat a higher ranked player, nor the only player to come through in three sets in the first round of the men’s singles. His fellow Scot Keith Thom defeated the higher ranked Swedish player Anders Wistrand 6-1, 6-0 to set up a meeting with Dutch second seed Maikel Scheffers.
Elsewhere, Italy’s Ivan Tratter, Israel’s Adam Berdichevsky and Chile’s Diego Perez all won in three sets to earn the right to play seeded opposition for a place in the quarter-finals. Among the eight men’s seeds making their tournament bows on Wednesday’s second day of competition is seventh seed and Preston Indoor champion Marc McCarroll. For the second week in succession, McCarroll will play Mihai Gaita of Romania.
Green powered to a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Italy’s former world No. 10 Alberto Corradi to earn a quad singles quarter-final against Israeli top seeds Shraga Weinberg.
Green is joined in the last eight by Germany’s Maximilian Laudan and Italy’s Antonio Rafaele, who also both secured comfortable wins to complete the quarter-final line-up.
Three players are already through to the women’s singles quarter-finals, including British No. 3 Louise Hunt. Fifth seed Hunt raced to a 6-0, 6-0 victory against fellow Brit Helen Bond. With the bottom half of the women’s draw dominated by Brits, Hunt will now play current National champion Lauren Jones or second seed Lucy Shuker in the last eight.
Hunt began the tournament a round ahead of Jones after joining Shuker in having an early bye. Jones matched Hunt’s achievement in winning her first match of the week against countrywoman Suzanne Edwards 6-0, 6-0. Jones plays Shuker next for the right to face Hunt in the quarter-finals, which means a Brit will be in the semi-finals.
Also already into the last eight are sixth seed Charlotte Famin of France and eighth seed Manami Tanaka of Japan, who both progressed in straight sets, too. Dutch top seed and 2016 finalist Marjolein Buis begins her latest Bolton Indoor challenge on Wednesday against Denmark’s Louise Willersley-Olsen.