Grasshopper Cup 2016  11-17 April  Zurich  

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 TODAY at the Grasshopper Cup  

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 three-glass-wall court.

Qualifying Round One:

[1] Adrian Waller (Eng) 3-0 Charles Sharpes (Eng)
             11-3, 12-10, 11-8 (37m)
[6] Campbell Grayson (Nzl) 3-0 Jonas Daehler (Sui)
              11-1, 11-5, 11-9 (29m)

Kristian Frost (Den) 3-2 [8]  Raphael Kandra (Ger)
               5-11, 3-11, 11-6, 13-11, 11-9 (90m)
[3] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) 3-1 Reiko Peter (Sui)
               11-8, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6 (48m)

[4] Paul Coll (Nzl) 3-1 Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
               8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (52m)
[7]  Olli Tuominen (Fin) 3-0 Ben Coleman (Eng)
              11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (48m)

[5] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned) 3-0 Benjamin Fischer (Sui)
              11-7, 11-5, 11-5 (35m)
[2] 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

No 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.

"I 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."

Grayson 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."

Finnish 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.

"He 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 Dane.

A 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 Adnan.

"Reiko gave a good account of himself and made me work hard for the victory, but it's a good prepasration for tomorrow against Kristian.

"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.

"I 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.

"Nice to work my way in on a 'traditional' court today," said Anjema.

"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.

"He 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.

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