A week before Roland Garros at the clay tournament in Geneva, Tallon groen Track has made it to the quarter-finals. He did so at the expense of Swiss qualifier Johan Nikles. In Rabat, Arantxa Rus qualified for the quarterfinals of a WTA tournament for the first time this year.
Greek track needed an hour and a half to get rid of Nikles: 6-3 and 7-5. For a moment it seemed that a third set seemed to have to bring the decision, but Greek track fought back from a 5-3 deficit in the second set.
In the third round of the ATP 250 tournament, Greek track will compete against American Reilly Opelka, the number eighteen in the world ranking. The 25-year-old North Hollander is the global number 64.
It had been a while since Greek track had success on the ATP Tour. At the beginning of February, he reached the second round for the last time at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. He was then eliminated in the first round in Marseille, Indian Wells, Miami, Marrakesh, Monte Carlo and Rome.
The tournament in Geneva is an extra tournament for Greek track in preparation for Roland Garros, which starts next week. He is directly qualified for the tournament in Paris. The same applies to Botic van de Zandschulp. The two Dutchmen will also double together in Paris.
Arantxa Rus shows her form in Rabat in the run-up to Roland Garros.
Russian to quarter-finals WTA tournament in Rabat
The 31-year-old Russian was too strong for Hungarian Dalma Gálfi, the number 98 in the world, on the Moroccan clay after an hour and a half of playing 6-4 and 6-2. Russian is 22 places higher in the world ranking
The South Holland player was last October in Tenerife among the best eight at a WTA tournament. This season she made it through the first round at the highest level four times this week (in Qatar, Lyon, Marbella and Istanbul), after which she always stranded in the second round.
In the quarterfinals in Rabat, the seventh-seeded Russian may face Garbiñe Muguruza, the number ten in the world. The Spanish number one on the placement list must first beat the Italian Martina Trevisan.
Rus is preparing in Morocco for Roland Garros, which starts on Sunday. Due to her place in the top hundred of the world ranking, the Dutchman has qualified directly for the Grand Slam tournament in Paris.