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The World Tour Super 100 tournament in Almere, Netherlands, kicked off yesterday. All qualifications and first round of men’s single at Dutch Open were played yesterday with great success for two Finnish players.
Due to several withdrawals from among others two of the seeded players in the main draw of men’s single, Rajiv Ouseph (2) and Jan Ø. Jørgensen (3), six players were promoted from the reserve list and into the qualification. For half of them yesterday was a good day as they all won their qualification and got an entry into the main draw.
Two of the players promoted from the reserve list even ended up playing each other in first round of the main draw. That was Birger Abts from Belgium and Joonas Korhonen from Finland who played three games yesterday evening before one of them was ready for second round. Korhonen drew the longest straw and will now face 5th seeded Lucas Corvee from France in second round today. Quite a development after “just” being on the reserve list a couple of days ago.
More Finnish success
Another Finnish player who also started on the reserve list also enjoyed good success yesterday. Due to withdrawals in women’s single Airi Mikkelä was also promoted from the reserve list and the 25-year old Finnish champion won her qualification match to join compatriot Korhonen into the main draw.
The same actually goes for Switzerland’s third best women’s single, Ronja Stern. She as well came from the reserve list and won her qualification match. She did however lose her first round match in the main draw against Maria Ulitina from Ukraine this morning. The Ukrainian is the only of the four podium girls from last year who is present at Dutch Open again this year.