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.
After a phenomenal start to the season Yui Kamiji has finally returned to the top of the women’s singles wheelchair tennis world rankings which were announced on Wednesday.
Kamiji has won 25 straight matches, winning two grand slams, the Australian and French Opens in the process. She claimed the French open title at Roland Garros this weekend which was enough to shoot her to the top of the rankings.
The ITF Japan Open is set for one heck of a second round men’s singles match as Shingo Kunieda and Gustavo Fernandez will meet in the second round following first round wins on Tuesday.
Both men are recent champions and they earned their wins in straight sets, with a number of the big players in the tournament advancing easily. The bottom half of the draw, which both men are in, was full of straight sets victory for the seeded players.
France has claimed their eighth men’s wheelchair tennis World Team Cup title while Great Britain claimed the quad title as the tournament wrapped up on Sunday.
The men’s tournament came down to the top two seeds and was a thrilling tie as France managed a 2-1 win over Great Britain. Unlike the women’s final, the tie had to go down to the doubles match with France showing why they were favourites as they won the match.
A France v Britain final has been what the fans are used to seeing as the final of this tournament as they met for the second time in three years. Great Britain took the early advantage with Alfie Hewett managing a 6-3, 6-3 win over Nicolas Peifer.
That result put all the pressure on world number one Stephane Houdet as he took on the world number two Gordon Reid. Houdet was clinical as he kept France in the tie with a 6-4, 6-3 win to send it to the doubles.
In the doubles, the four men, who have been long rivals fought hard but in the end it was France who got the win, defending their title. After breaking down the British resistance, France claimed the match 6-3, 6-0.
“The World Team Cup is about so much more than tennis,” said Houdet. “It means a lot because it’s not only the eighth, it was probably the toughest one to win having started the second singles 0-1 down and I played against Gordon, the Paralympic champion.”
It wasn’t all a bad day for Great Britain as they managed to claim the Quad championship, defeating surprise package Israel 2-1.
Israel continued to shock even in the final as they took the lead after winning the opening singles match. Noam Gershony was much too dominant for James Shaw as he managed an easy 6-2, 6-1 win to put Israel one win away from an incredible victory.
But Britain countered and forced the doubles match when Andy Lapthorne, world number three, managed to defeat Shraga Weinberg. Lapthorne won through in straight sets claiming it 6-3, 6-1 to set up a thrilling conclusion to the tournament.
The wheelchair tennis World Team Cup has seen a major upset on Saturday as China won their first ever women’s title, upsetting 29-time champions, the Netherlands 2-0 to claim the title.
Things were wrapped up in the singles tie, meaning the doubles match was not needed as the Chinese stunned the world by winning the two singles matches. Hui Min Huang defeated world number five Aniek van Koot and Zhen Zhen Zhu defeated world number three Diede de Groot to claim the win despite China entering the tournament as the number eight seed.
After another day of group play all four teams in the women’s semi-finals at the Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup have been decided on Wednesday. Switzerland, the USA, China, and the Netherlands have all qualified for the semi-finals in Alghero, Italy.
Switzerland sealed their place in the semi-finals, eliminating Brazil in a 2-1 win, claiming it thanks to the doubles match. Karin Suter-Erath and current junior world number one Nalani Buob teamed up to get the win, eliminating Brazil in what was essentially a quarter-final.
Brazil has continued their good form at the ITF World Team Cup as they managed wins in both the men’s and women’s events on Tuesday at Aghero in Italy with the Brazilians now topping both groups.
The men’s event saw a tight tie between Brazil and Sweden as the two singles ties were split in straight sets by Rafael Medeiros and Stefan Olsson. The doubles saw an impressive comeback as Daniel Rodrigues and Carlos Santos came from 6-4 down in the deciding tie break to win 6-3, 3-6, 10-6 to give Brazil the win.