The Netherlands continued to show why it is arguably the world’s top place for Wheelchair Tennis on Thursday (10 November), as it performed a clean sweep in the women’s matches at the NEC Wheelchair Masters singles tournament in Mechelen, Belgium.
For the Dutch women, No. 1 Esther Vergeer cruised to a 6-0 6-1 victory over Belgium’s Annick Sevenans and No. 2 Jiske Griffioen defeated teammate Sharon Walraven, 6-2 7-5.
No. 3 Aniek Van Koot took a comfortable 6-2 6-2, victory over Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock and Marjolein Buis took down No. 4 Daniela di Toro of Australia, 7-5, 6-3.
In Friday’s semi-finals, Vergeer will face Buis and Griffioen will challenge van Koot.
Robin Ammerlaan, Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink – all of the Netherlands – won their matches on the men’s side, as did France’s Stephane Houdet.
Scheffers will play Vink and Houdet will oppose Ammerlaan in the semi-finals Friday.
In the quads competition, Israel’s Noam Gershony will play Great Britain’s Andrew Lapthorne for the title Friday.