• mackansekulic

    Unexpected doubles success for Sweden

    One seeded singles player left in the tournament on semi-final day. Three unseeded wild card parings from Sweden left in the doubles tournament. RC Hotel Open brings surprises to the challenger tour.

    Jan-Lennart Struff will be challenged by Karen Khachanov for a place in the final on Sunday. Struff was victorious against Frenchman Tristan Lamasine and Khachanov defeated Andrea Anaboldi in the semi-finals on friday. Struff has been a top 50 player and most tennis experts think that Khachanov will be there very soon. Together with his coach, Galo Blanco, he has been seen a lot on court between matches working very seriously with any kind of details this week.

    The other semi-final is lacking one thing – Swedes! There were two of them in the quarter finals but both of them lost. Patrik Rosenholm played another good match but this time against an ever greater opponent than earlier this week when he was producing wins against higher ranked players during his last four matches. Andrey Gulobev showed why he has been a top ranked player and why he should be considered a possible winner of the tournament. Matwe Middelkoop, a qualifier in singles and top seeded in doubles, might be confused. He is out in the doubles, losing to wild card duo Isak Arvidsson/Fred Simonsson.  But he is through to the singles semi-final after a win against Swedish number one Elias Ymer. The home player started well, leading 5-3 in the first set, but lost it 7-6 and never came up to the same level as earlier this week. Sweden will of course be compensated with a home victory in doubles.

    Ymer later last night teamed up with good friend from juniors, Daniel Windahl, to beat Cerretani/Weisborn in the doubles tournament. The young Swedish team will face Isak Arvidsson/Fred Simonsson in their semi final.  Arvidsson/Simonsson took out top seeded Koolhof/Middelkoop in their quarter final. In the doubles final the sensational pairing of Markus Eriksson and Milos Sekulic awaits to secure a title for the home nation this weekend in RC Hotel Open in Jonkoping. Who would have expected that when Swedens top doubles players Andreas Siljestrom and Johan Brunstrom lost early?

    Someone might feel that some of this Swedish tennis names sounds familiar? Right on! Daniel Windahl is the son of Jorgen Windahl who won the juniors at Australian Open in 1981 and played as a pro for several years winning one ATP doubles title. Fred Simonsson seems to have some doubles skills from his father Hans Simonsson who teamed up with Anders Jarryd to win Roland Garros in doubles back in 1983.