24 Mar 2012

Vink ends Jeremiasz's unbeaten sequence

Match Report

Photo: Philippe BuissinRonald Vink (NED)

World No.2  Stephane Houdet of France and Dutch world No. 5 Ronald Vink will go head-to-head in Sunday's men's main draw singles final at the Cajun Classic, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after Vink ended Michael Jeremiasz's unbeaten winning streak for the season in the semifinals. 

Vink had already been the player to have taken Jeremiasz closest to defeat this year when the Frenchman won their meeting in the final of January's Melbourne Open in a final set tiebreak.

On this occasion Jeremiasz could have extended his winning sequence in a second set tiebreak after snatching the opening set,. However, Vink took both the tiebreak and dominated the final set for a remarkable 36 76(5) 61 victory to end Jeremiasz's run of 20 successive wins since the start of 2012.

The other all-French semifinal also went to three sets after just a few points separated Houdet and defending champion Nicolas Peifer, but Houdet also dominated his final set for a 57 75 61 win over world No. 4 Peifer.

There will be an all-Dutch women's singles final after top seed and world No. 2 Aniek van Koot came from 5-2 down in the second set of her semifinal against her compatriot and third seed Marjolein Buis to prevail 62 75.

However, world No. 3 Jiske Griffioen dominated from the outset of her semifinal against Belgian fifth seed Annick Sevenans to advance 62 60.

Top seed David Wagner was in fine form in his quad singles semifinal against British fourth seed Jamie Burdekin as the world No. 2 earned a 60 64 victory to set up another Anglo-American contest against second seed Andrew Lapthorne.

Lapthorne reached the final with a 63 62 win over South Africa's Lucas Sithole.