13 Feb 2014

Houdet holds on to reach Rotterdam semis

Match Report

Photo: Steve WylieStephane Houdet (FRA)

World No. 2 Stephane Houdet, the 2010 champion at the ABM AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, had to save two match points to keep his title hopes alive this year before seeing off the challenge of Dutch two-time champion Ronald Vink.

Later on the third day of play in Rotterdam Houdet and Vink paired up to reach Friday’s men’s doubles final, in which they will face second seeds Gordon Reid and Maikel Scheffers.

In a rematch of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 finals Vink made a solid start in his quest for a third title at the ITF 1 Series tournament and he had two match points before Houdet clinched a second set tie break. The French second seed went on to wrap up a 46 76(2) 62 victory and he will now face world No. 3 Reid in Friday’s singles semifinals as the two players meet in Rotterdam for the second successive year.

Reid secured his first career win over Houdet in their opening match at last year’s tournament and the Briton again reached the semifinals after a confident 61 61 win over Dutch world No. 12 Tom Egberink.

It was during Reid’s semifinal against Scheffers in 2013 that Scheffers sustained an elbow injury that was to subsequently keep him out of the sport for several weeks, despite the Dutchman going on to win that contest in three sets. The injury meant that Scheffers was unable to play world No. 1 Shingo Kunieda in last year’s final, but  the two did meet this year as Kunieda kept his title defence alive with a 63 61 win.

The Japanese top seed will now meet Belgium’s Joachim Gerard in a rematch of November’s NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters final after world No. 4 Gerard produced an impressive 60 63 quarterfinal win over French world No. 10 Frederic Cattaneo.   

The men’s doubles semifinals saw top seeds come from 2-0 down in the second set against Gerard and Kunieda to complete a 60 75 win, while Reid and Scheffers held of Cattaneo and Egberink 63 64.

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