Ruairi Logan stars on day one of Preston Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

Ruairi Logan stars on day one of Preston Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Ruairi Logan

Ruairi Logan completed arguably the performance of the day as Preston Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament got underway. The 14-year-old Brit beat a player ranked more than 140 places above him to reach the men’s singles quarter-finals at South Ribble Tennis Centre.

The last eight of the men’s and women’s singles take place on Friday’s second day of competition. Logan is one of three Brits in the men’s quarter-finals, alongside top seed Marc McCarroll and Dermot Bailey.

Logan defeated Italy’s world No.74 Antonio Cippo 6-4, 6-2 to book a meeting with French second seed Gaetan Menguy. Two-time Paralympian McCarroll, a semi-finalist in Preston in 2016, defeated Chile’s Diego Perez 6-1, 6-0. He now plays Romania’s Mihai Gaita. Fourth seed Bailey plays Italy’s Silviu Culea for a place in the semifinals after beating Leonid Shevhcik of Russia 62 60. Austrian third seed Martin Legner takes on Israel’s Adam Berdichevsky after overcoming Henry de Cure of Australia 6-4, 6-2.

Two-time Paralympian Louise Hunt is one of two Brits through to the women’s quarter-finals after earning a 6-1, 6-1 victory over American Elizabeth Williams. A former champion in Preston, Hunt is joined in the last eight by relative newcomer Suzanne Edwards. Edwards, playing her first world ranking event, earned a 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 victory over the considerably more experience Russian player Evgeniya Korotkina. Edwards now faces USA fourth seed Dana Mathewson, who ended the challenge of Brit Debbie Brazier. Reigning National champion Lauren Jones also bowed out to higher ranked opposition as Dutch second seed Michaela Spaanstra advanced 6-1, 6-0.

Women’s top seed Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa and Sweden’s Sanna Kindt will meet for a place in the semi-finals after both secured comfortable straight sets wins. Hunt and Spaanstra both now play Japanese opponents in Manami Tanaka and Saki Takamuro.

Antony Cottterill and James Shaw take British hopes into Saturday’s quad semi-finals. Top seed Cotterill opened his account with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Sweden’s Petter Edstrom. Shaw also won his first round match against Austrian Werner Pramendorfer 6-0, 6-0 to set up an all-Brit semi-final.

Dutch second seed Sam Schroder and Alfredo di Cosmo of Italy will meet in the other quad semi-final. Both beat British opponents on the first day of competition. Schroder beat Richard Green 7-5, 6-1, with di Cosmo defeating Gary Cox 6-0, 6-1.

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Order of Play – Friday, 17 February 2017

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