Open de France gets Under way

Angelica Bernal (Photo: ITF)

There were some thrilling matches with several top seeds battling with each other at the Open de France with the three singles events all getting underway on Tuesday.

The biggest upset of the day was in the women’s singles as Colombian Angelica Bernal managed to take out the world number 10, German Katharina Kruger. She won fairly easily, claiming the match 6-0, 6-4 to move on to facing the world number one, Yui Kamiji in the next round.

An all Japanese affair saw a thrilling match with the lower seed advancing through to the next round. Shingo Kunieda managed to win a tight one in two sets as he defeated the eighth seed Takashi Sanada 6-4, 7-5. It was Kunieda’s first match back in the tournament after missing last year’s tournament, which he has won six times.

It wasn’t all good for Colombian women as Johana Martinez was eliminated by French player Charlotte Famin 6-3, 6-1. The only seed that had success on the opening day was Dutchwoman Diede de Groot who defeated Italian Giulia Capocci 6-3, 6-4.

On the men’s side the seeds faired much better, with fewer upsets as two of those seeds managed to win without dropping a game. Home favourite Nicolas Peifer and Maike Schaffers claiming those wins, while an all French tie was won by Gaetan Menguy who dropped just one game in the 6-1, 6-0 win.

It was tighter for the world number one in the men’s field but he won through as he seeks his first Open de France title. Briton Gordon Reid managed a 6-3, 6-3, win over Spaniard Daniel Caverzaschi to face Menguy in the next round.

There was just one three set match, coming in the men’s singles Austrian Nico Langmann came from a set down. He managed a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over Greek Stefanos Diamantis, in the first time the two had played.

There were two quad singles players who managed to advance to the quarter-finals without dropping a match. Italian Alberto Corradi and Swede Petter Edstrom both managed to win their matches flawlessly.

Dutchman Sam Shroder kept his hopes of winning two straight tournaments alive as he claimed a 6-4, 6-3 win over American Bryan Barten. World number ten Anthony Cotterill easily won through to the final eight with a 6-2, 6-0 win.

The other quad singles match may have been the best match of the day as it proved the only other three set match of the day. American Greg Hasterok fell to Swede Anders Hard 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 in a thrilling match.

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