Mon 11th Apr, Day ONE:
Qualifying gets under way
today for the 2016 edition of the Grasshopper Cup, with
qualifying at the Vitis Sports Centre, with its unusual
Qualifying Round One:
 Adrian Waller (Eng) 3-0 Charles Sharpes
12-10, 11-8 (37m)
 Campbell Grayson (Nzl) 3-0 Jonas Daehler
11-1, 11-5, 11-9 (29m)
(Den) 3-2  Raphael Kandra (Ger)
5-11, 3-11, 11-6, 13-11, 11-9 (90m)
 Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) 3-1 Reiko Peter (Sui)
11-8, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6 (48m)
 Paul Coll (Nzl) 3-1 Henrik Mustonen
8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (52m)
 Olli Tuominen (Fin) 3-0 Ben Coleman
11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (48m)
 Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned) 3-0 Benjamin
11-7, 11-5, 11-5 (35m)
 Alan Clyne (Sco) 3-0 Manual Wanner (Sui)
11-9, 11-2, 11-2 (26m)
Qualifying finals from 13.00 on Tuesday
Locals bow out on Day One in Zurich
upsets in the first pair of matches as top seed Adrian Waller
beat fellow Englishman Charles Sharpes, and Campbell
Grayson beat Switzerland's Joas Daehler, both in straight games.
started well today, felt strong" said Waller. "We know each
other very well, he came back in the second as I expected, I was
happy to save game balls to get that critical 2-0 lead. That
helped me relax in the third and get victory."
was equally delighted: "Blistering start to 10-nil in the
first! I found my length and ley my short game look after
itself. I ran into some resistance in the third so was happy to
get back from 6-9 to take it 11-9."
veteran Olli Tuominen overcame young Englishman Ben
Coleman in straight games.
"I played pretty well, stayed mentally strong despite there
being a few decisions each game," said Olli. "I think he let
some hings get to him a bit there - bit of experience perhaps."
The first upset came when Denmark's Kristian Frost
came from two games and 3-8 down to beat eighth-seeded German
Raphael Kandra in a 90-minute marathon.
was too good in the first two, he controlled me too easily,"
said Frost. "I was able to penetrate better to the back in the
next three games and then pressure with my straight drops.
"Very happy with my mental stability today," concluded the
second Swiss fell as Malaysia's Nafiizwan Adnan beat
Reiko Peter - winner of last week's Pilatus Cup - in four games.
"Just happy to get through the first round, of course," said
"Reiko gave a good account of himself and made me work hard for
the victory, but it's a good prepasration for tomorrow against
"I'm happy with my form and enjoying Zurich."
Finnish interest ended as in-form Kiwi Paul Coll came
from a game down to beat Henrik Mustonen.
was a bit slow to get going, I found it a little difficult with
vision on the court," admitted Coll.
"The second was close, I had to dig back from 2-7, I tried to
pump myself up and managed to sneak that. After that I was able
to physically hurt him and I felt I started to work the ball
better to the four corners."
Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema added to the list of local
casualtis as he beat Beni Fischer in straight games.
to work my way in on a 'traditional' court today," said
"Tomorrow will be a different story on the glass, I'll need
to be more explosive and aggressive - in round two I want to go
out there and express myself with my A game!"
The cull of the Swiss was completed when in the last match
of the day Scottish second seed Alan Clyne eased past
Manual Wanner to set up a meeting with Anjema.
surprised me in the first with his ball striking power,"
said Clyne. "I managed to control length better in the second
and third and nullified his attacking attempts, finishing with
some nice drops.
"Looking forwad to playing LJ, I beat his last tie at the
Europeans so I need to be on my guard ..."
Meanwhile, the Glass Court for the main
draw matches is being prepared at Puls 5.