Swedish surprises in Jonkoping
Three of the four top seeded players lost on Wednesday in RC Hotel Open. This open up the singles draw and also in the doubles there has been seeded casualties in the first day of action. Swedish players have been doing surprisingly well knocking of higher ranked opponents.
The biggest upsets so far in the tournament has a Swedish touch and has been against number two seeds. Isak Arvidsson defeated number two seed Dustin Brown in three sets in the singles and was very happy to perform so well close to his childhood home town. Next up for Arvidsson is Andrey Golubev, once ranked 33 in the world. Markus Eriksson and Milos Sekulic won in a match tiebreak against the experienced pairing of Junaid/Marray.
Elias Ymer and Patrik Rosenholm follows Arvidsson to the second round, but here could have been a forth home player to watch on Thursday. After a nervous start Daniel Windahl stepped up and was just two points away from beating Jurgen Zopp. In the first challenger in Sweden for twenty years local players shows that they are not so far behind. Ymer plays qualifier Constant Lestienne and if he plays in the same level as in the first match there should be good hope for at least one home player in the quarter finals on Friday. Rosenholm is up against Grega Zemlja.
On Wednesday young Russian prospect Karen Khachanov knocked out top seeded Filip Krajinovic in straits sets. He will face Italian Anndrea Arnaboldi who took out sixth seed Konstantin Kravchuk.
Five interesting doubles matches are also on the programme for Thursday, completing the semi-final line up in the lower section of the draw.Posted by RC Press on 10-03-16.