Top seed Aniek van Koot battled the conditions and a determined opponent to make it through to the semifinals of the women’s wheelchair singles on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old Dutchwoman defeated South African wildcard Kgothatso Montjane 6-1 7-5, but was forced to tough it out in the latter half of the match.
“The winds were picking up in the second set and my opponent got a bit better as well, but the atmosphere was fantastic as usual. I love coming back here,” she said.
Van Koot breezed through the first set, closing it out with a forehand winner down the line, and held firm in the second set to advance. She will now meet countrywoman Marjolein Buis, who toppled Jiske Griffioen 7-6(13) 6-4 in a one hour and 58 minute marathon.
Despite vocal hometown support from the stands, Australian wildcard Daniela Di Toro was ousted in three sets 2-6 6-4 6-4 by Great Britain’s Lucy Shuker, while in the remaining quarterfinal, second seed Sabine Ellerbrock defeated Sharon Walraven in straight sets, 6-2 6-3.
On the men’s side of the draw, defending champion Maikel Scheffers was eliminated by Japanese second seed Shingo Kunieda in three closely-fought sets 6-7(5) 6-1 6-3.
After claiming the wildcard playoff against fellow Australian Ben Weekes, world No.20 Adam Kellermann fell to experienced Swede Stefan Olsson.
With the 6-4 6-3 victory over Kellerman, Olsson will meet Kunieda for a place in the final.
The other semifinal will be contested by French world No.1 Stephane Houdet and Dutchman Robert Vink, who both made it through in straight sets.
The quads tournament, a round-robin event with four competitors in which the top two go through to the final, also began today with top seeds David Wagner and Andrew Lapthorne both getting their campaigns off to positive starts.
Looking to defending his Australian Open 2012 crown, Wagner defeated Swede Anders Hard 6-2 6-3.
The quad tournament features players that suffer from quadriplegia, with competitors using electronic-powered wheelchairs to move around the court.