04 Jun 2013

Houdet, Fernandez and Griffioen, Buis to meet

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Jiske Griffioen (NED)

The world No. 2 ranked players will play the world No. 4 ranked players in both the men’s and women’s singles when play gets underway on Wednesday in the wheelchair tennis event at Roland Garros, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Paris.

Tuesday afternoon’s draw saw world No.2 and defending champion Stephane Houdet, one of two Frenchman in the elite field of eight for the men’s singles, and Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina, pitted against each other at the bottom of the draw. Houdet leads the career head-to-head between the two players 4:3, but Fernandez has won the last two of their three meetings so far this season.

After finishing runner-up at Roland Garros for the last two years, world No. 1 Shingo Kunieda will open his bid to regain the title against Sweden’s world No. 7 Stefan Olsson, the player Kunieda beat in the 2010 final to claim the most recent of his titles in Paris.

A Dutch semifinalist is guaranteed in the men’s and women’s singles, with 2011 Roland Garros champion Maikel Scheffers set to meet world No. 5 Ronald Vink. World No. 9 Michael Jeremiasz faces world No. 6 Gordon Reid as the Brit makes his singles debut at a Grand Slam tournament. 

Griffioen to face Buis

Arguably the pick of the four opening women’s singles matches at Roland Garros is the match-up between second seed Jiske Griffioen and fellow Dutchwoman Marjolein Buis.

World No. 4 Buis has won only five of her 16 matches to date against Griffioen, but those five wins include a close three set semifinal at Roland Garros in 2011, when Buis claimed her first career win over Griffioen to reach her one and only Grand Slam final so far.

After finishing runner-up to Esther Vergeer in 2012, world No. 1 Aniek van Koot begins her campaign to add her name to Vergeer’s on the Roland Garros roll of honour with a contest against world No. 5 Lucy Shuker, the British player making her fourth appearance in Paris and her first since 2009.

There will be a German player in the semifinals to face either van Koot or Shuker after world No. 3 Sabine Ellerbrock was drawn to face her compatriot Katharina Kruger. Ellerbrock is making her third successive appearance at Roland Garros, while Kruger returns for the second time, having made her debut in 2010.

One of the two German players will register their first singles win at the second Grand Slam of the year.

Meanwhile, after becoming the first African player to contest a Grand Slam wheelchair tennis event at the Australian Open in January, South Africa's world No. 6 Kgothatso Montjane will make her Roland Garros debut against Dutchwoman Sharon Walraven.

Wednesday's wheelchair tennis matches at Roland Garros take place on courts 7, 9 and 11, starting from 11.00 local Paris time.

Men's Singles Draw

Women's Singles Draw

Men's Doubles Draw

Women's Doubles Draw

Schedule of Play - Wednesday, 5 June 2013