MARIPA UPSETS WORLD NO.11 TO REACH QUARTER-FINALS IN ROTTERDAM
South Africa’s top male wheelchair tennis player, Evans Maripa, produced a master-class performance upsetting the world number 11 Tom Egberink from the Netherlands to reach the quarter-final round of the ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour in Rotterdam, Netherlands on Wednesday evening.
The world number 14 caused a huge upset by toppling the Dutchman, with a stunning 6-1 0-6 6-1 thriller in a round of 16 clash. The win marks the first time Maripa beat Egberink in their 6 encounters.
Maripa next faces world number one Stephane Houdet from France. The 26-year-old from Limpopo can find inspiration from his second meeting with the French star, where he challenged Houdet but lost 1-6 5-7 in the Sardinia Open in 2014.
Maripa surged to a 4-1 lead and looked to be in complete control in the opening set as Egberink found it hard to keep up with Maripa’s dazzling pace and closed the set 6-1. The Dutchman managed to fight back in the second set when he produced a remarkable 6-0 to take it to a deciding set.
The South African star came back strong and started exuding his brilliance once more in the deciding set when he raced to a 3-0 lead. Egberink tried to reduce the gab taking the next point to 4-1 but Maripa proved to be too strong when he wrapped up the set with a thrilling 6-1 to book a place in the last eight.
“I am very happy to win my match today,” Maripa said following his match. “It was a challenging match and playing Tom Egberink is never easy but I am glad I pulled through.”
Maripa said he will go into the quarter-final match against world number one Stephane Houdet with confidence and he will stick to his game plan, “Stephane is a very good player and a tricky customer to play against but following today’s match I will give it my best shot and stick to my game plan,” added Maripa.
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and Airports Company South Africa Partnership:
The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is the official sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and the sport of wheelchair tennis. Airports Company South Africa has contributed no less than R36-million to date and has committed to a continued investment in the sport as its flagship Corporate Social Investment programme.