Gordon Reid reached the men’s semifinals on Thursday’s first day of singles play at the 5th ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after upsetting world No. 2 Stephane Houdet in Rotterdam to secure his first career win over the Frenchman.
World No. 7 Reid, making his debut at the ITF 1 Series tournament, had taken Houdet to a final set tiebreak at last month’s Sydney International Open, but made a tremendous start in Rotterdam and went on to complete a 61 64 victory. It was his first win over Houdet in 11 attempts and earns him a semifinal against Dutch world No. 3 Maikel Scheffers.
Scheffers overcame a tough opening set challenge from Belgium’s Joachim Gerard before dominating the second set of their quarterfinal to record a 75 60 victory.
“I'm really pleased with my singles win against Stephane, to get my first win against him and do it in style is very important for me at the start of the year,” said Reid. “I have made some changes to my training programme back home and I am already starting to feel the benefits and feeling good about my tennis.”
In the top half of the draw two-time defending champion Ronald Vink made a fine attempt at maintaining his title defence against world No. 1 Shingo Kunieda as the Dutchman took his first set of tennis off Kunieda since recording his one and only win over the two-time Paralympic champion in 2007 Like Reid, Kunieda is also making his tournament debut in Rotterdam and the top seed dominated the final set to end Vink’s title defence 63 46 61.
Kunieda faces world No. 9 ranked Frenchman Michael Jeremiasz in the last four following Jeremiasz’s 63 63 win over Sweden’s Stefan Olsson – only his second win over Olsson in their last eight matches.
Doubles title decider set
Vink avenged his singles loss to Kunieda in the second set of round-robin men’s doubles matches as Jeremiasz and Vink consigned two-time Grand Slam champions Kunieda and Scheffers to their second loss in successive days.
Jeremiasz and Vink raced through the opening set without dropping a game, and although 2008 Roland Garros and 2011 Australian Open champions Kunieda and Scheffers took an early 2-1 lead in the second set their opponents maintained the pressure to build a 5-2 lead en route to wrapping up a 60 63 victory.
With Jeremiasz and Vink unbeaten after their first two matches, they will now face Houdet and Reid in Friday’s title decider. After their singles head-to-head Houdet and Reid paired up to beat Gerard and Olsson 64 62 to also remain unbeaten so far.
Men's Singles Draw
Schedule of Play