“It’s a big win for me as it’s the first time I’ve beaten a top eight player and a player now playing at Grand Slams"
Great Britain’s number two Marc McCarroll secured the outstanding result on day two of the 25th British Open wheelchair tennis Championships at Nottingham Tennis Centre on Wednesday (16 July) beating Japan’s world number seven Takuya Miki.
McCarroll ensured his place in the last eight of the British Open for the first time, by coming from behind to beat Miki 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-2, for his fourth career win over the Japanese player.
“It’s a big win for me as it’s the first time I’ve beaten a top eight player and a player now playing at Grand Slams, so I’ve really pleased with today’s performance,” said McCarroll.
“I made a slow start and maybe gave him a bit too much respect, but I refocused and made a good start to the second set and was able to play my game. If I can play my own game I know I can compete against the top 10.”
McCarroll will now play Japan’s world number one Shingo Kunieda, who progressed with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Italy’s Luca Arca.
Great Britain’s number one and world number three, Gordon Reid, also made the quarter finals beating Sweden’s Stefan Olsson 6-1, 6-0. Reid will now face France’s world number nine Nicolas Piefer for a place in the semi-finals, as he beat Alex Jewitt in straight sets.
The Netherlands’ two-time British Open winner Maikel Scheffers had to overcome a scare against Great Britain’s David Philipson, after he was taken to three sets in a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory.
He will now face Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez, with world number two France’s Stephane Houdet playing Belgium’s defending champion Joachim Gerard in a rematch of the 2013 final.
In the women’s tournament, Japan’s Kanako Domori produced a remarkable comeback to shock Germany’s world number nine and eighth seed Katharina Kruger 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
This denied Kruger an all-German quarter-final against world number three Sabine Ellerbrock, who beat France’s Charlotte Famin over three sets.
World number one, Japan’s Kamiji cruised through to the quarter-finals after beating Colombia’s Johana Martinez and will now face South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane, who beat the USA’s Elizabeth Williams in straight sets.
Great Britain’s world number five Whiley raced through her all-British contest against Val Fisher 6-0, 6-0 and will now face Dutch world number two Aniek van Koot.
“It will be tough against Aniek but all the pressure will be on her,” said Whiley. “I’m really hoping that I can go in and play some good tennis because I’ve been working on a few things with my game.”
Van Koot booked her place in the last eight after her 6-3, 6-1 win over Great Britain’s number three Louise Hunt.
The Netherlands’ world number four Jiske Griffioen also disappointed the home crowd by defeating Great Britain’s Lucy Shuker 6-1, 6-3, to set up a quarter-final against her compatriot Marjolein Buis.
In the quad singles last 16 there were wins for Great Britain’s Andy Lapthorne, Jamie Burdekin and Antony Cotterill
World number three Lapthorne and world number five Jamie Burdekin will meet after securing straight sets wins over Italy’s Alberto Corradi and France’s Jerome de Meyere respectively.
Cotterill beat Spain’s Victor Garcia Asensio 6-3, 6-4 to book a meeting with South Africa’s defending champion Lucas Sithole in the last eight.
Meanwhile, the USA’s world number one, David Wagner will face fellow American David Buck whilst their compatriot Greg Hasterok plays Australian fourth seed Dylan Alcott.
For more information on the 25th British Open wheelchair tennis Championships, visit the LTA website.