Brit hopes Dermot Bailey, Louise Hunt and Lauren Jones reached the men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals on Thursday’s first day of the 2018 Preston Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament. Meanwhile, Jams Shaw advanced to the quad singles semis as seeded players bowed out of both the men’s singles and quad singles.
Bailey will face Spanish second seed Daniel Caverzaschi for a place in the men’s singles semi-finals at South Ribble Tennis Centre after defeating Hungary’s former wold No.15 Laszlo Farkas 6-0, 6-1.
Only two of the four seeded players will contest the men’s semi-finals. The withdrawal of Japanese top seed Takuya Miki means that Israel’s Asi Stokol was awarded a walkover in to the last eight, where he will face Gaeta Menguy of France.
Daisuke Arai of Japan denied third seed Agustin Ledesma of Argentina 7-6(4), 6-4. Arai now plays Belgium’s reigning Junior Masters champion Jef Vandorpe. Vandoorpe, who partnered Britain’s Ruairi Logan to win the Junior Masters boys’ doubles title at the end of last month, was drawn to meet Logan in Thursday’s men’s singles first round in Preston, winning 6-2, 6-0.
There was just one three-set match in the first round of the men’s singles, fourth seed Martin de la Puente of Spain defeating Italy’s Silviu Culea 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
All eight seeds will contest the women’s singles quarter-finals, including former Preston Indoor champion Hunt and Jones. Hunt won her first match of 2018 against Dutchwoman Marlise Peters 6-2, 6-4. Third seed Hunt plays Japanese sixth seed Kanako Domori next for a place in the semi-finals.
Eighth seed Jones also earned victory in her first match of the year, beating American Elizabeth Williams 7-6(4), 6-4. Jones will next face Argentinian fourth seed Maria Florencia Moreno.
Meanwhile, top seed Dana Mathewson of the USA opened her women’s singles title defence with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Britain’s 2017 Invictus Games medallist Cornelia Oosthuizen.
There was disappointment for British top seed Antony Cotterill in his opening quad singles match, Cotterill bowing out to Niels Vink of the Netherlands in a 6-3, 7-6(6) loss.
Fourth seed Greg Hasterok of the USA also bowed out to Sweden’s former world No.5 Anders Hard 6-1, 6-3. Hard plays Shaw for a place in the final after second seed Shaw opened his account with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Italy’s Andrea Silvestrone.
While top seed Cotterill bowed out, home hopes were further dented when Canada’s Robert Shaw beat Richard Green 6-2, 6-3. Shaw will play Vink for a place in the final.
The men’s doubles semi-finalists and women’s doubles quarter-finalists were also decided on Thursday, with the seeded partnerships in both events having first round byes.