06 Oct 2017

Vandorpe makes bright start in Amiens

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Photo: Mathilde DusolJef Vandorpe (BEL)

A year on from winning the junior boys’ singles at the inaugural Open d’Amiens-Hauts de France, part t of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, 16-year-old Jef Vandorpe of Belgium has made a winning start to the men’s singles and doubles at this year’s ITF 1 Series event as well as beginning his junior title defence in fine form.

Vandorpe will play his compatriot, second seed and defending champion Joachim Gerard for a place in the men’s singles semifinals on Friday after opening this year’s tournament with victory in one of the two men’s matches on Wednesday’s opening day of play.

Wednesday’s other men’s singles match ended in victory for Evans Maripa after the South African came from 3-1 down to win his opening set against Tom Egberink. Maripa was unable to repeat the feat in the second set as Egberink forced the decider. However, it was Maripa’s turn to take a 3-1 lead In in the third and final set and he held on to complete 64 36 64 for his third three-set triumph over Egberink this season.

Maripa goes on to play top seed Stephane Houdet in the quarterfinals, which will also include two French-Japanese match-ups as Takashi Sanada plays Nicolas Vanlerberghe and third seed Shingo Kunieda takes on Frederic Cattaneo.

While Vandorpe followed up his open men’s singles victory with a 60 60 win over Brit Ruairi Logan in their opening boys’ singles round-robin match, the young Belgian completed Thursday’s second day of play by partnering Gerard to the men’s doubles final.

After beginning their doubles challenge with a straight sets win over Cattaneo and Vanlerberghe, Gerard and Vandorpe teamed up to beat two former Wimbledon champions, defeating second seeds Egberink and Houdet 63 75.

Gerard and Vandorpe will play top seeds Kunieda and Sanada in the final.

Kamiji extends winning advantage over van Koot

The women’s’ singles quarterfinals featured on Thursday’s second day of play with world No. 1 Yui Kamiji bringing up her 21st successive match win since bowing out in the Wimbledon semifinals.

After two semifinal wins over Aniek van Koot last month in USA, world No. 1 Kamiji made it five straight wins over the Dutch world No. 6 this season with her 63 63 victory in Amiens. Kamiji next plays a second Dutch opponent after Michaela Spaanstra’s 62 63 win over Switzerland’s Nalani Buob, last year’s junior girls’ singles champion.

Diede de Groot and Marjolein Buis are set for an all-Dutch semifinal in the bottom half of the women’s draw after racing through their opening contests. After being taken to three sets by Italy’s Giulia Capocci last week at the French Riviera Open, second seed de Groot ensured there would be no repeat this week and she raced into the last four 61 61.

Buis also dominated her quarterfinal from the outset, defeating Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Morch 60 61.

There will also be an all-Dutch semifinal in the junior girls’ singles, with Floor Van Stijn set to face second seed Fleur Gobes. Meanwhile, Roos Schroder plays top seed Buob.