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Maripa moves into quarter-finals in Rotterdam
- Updated: February 11, 2016
London Paralympics tennis ace Evans Maripa is into the quarter-finals of the ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The 25-year-old upset world No8 Takashi Sanada of Japan on Wednesday to set up a clash with Britain’s Gordon Reid.
Maripa beat best friend and doubles partner Sanada 4-6 6-4 6-2 to record his third win against the Japanese.
‘This is a huge win for me and I knew I had to work hard after being awarded the wild card. This serves as a great motivation to keep pushing and keeping my dreams alive of breaking into the top 10. I look forward to Thursday’s challenge against Gordon Reid who I’ve never beaten in the two encounters we met. So I’ll be hoping to turn the tables,’ said a clearly overwhelmed Maripa.
‘After going down in the doubles with Sanada I knew I had to make a difference in the singles and I’m very excited and proud of my performance’, added Maripa.
The 16th-ranked South African was awarded a wild card entry by tournament director Esther Vergeer, completing the roster of participants for the top flight world tournament.
He certainly showed more steadiness and consistency that his experienced opponent.
Said coach Holger Losch: ‘Evans played a very solid match, he was very focused and after he lost the opening set he raised his level of play and took the other two sets and eventually won the match. We are very proud of him and hope he keeps working hard. This was a big win for him, another top 10 scalp and a great performance.’
Picture of Maripa courtesy of Reg Caldecott