The 26-year-old Van de Zandschulp took a break early in the first set. Thanks in part to strong serving work, he was able to hold it easily. The first set was therefore no longer in danger: 6-4.
At the start of the second company, there were again quick break opportunities for Van de Zandschulp, but the Finn survived and kept his service game. Not much later, 23-year-old Ruusuvuori struck himself and took a 5-2 lead. He broke the Dutchman again and suddenly had won the set 6-2.
At the start of the third set, the Dutchman quickly got break points again, but he was unable to cash them in again. The Finn turned out to be sharper, because he immediately took advantage of his first break chance and ran out to 4-0. Van de Zandschulp had completely lost it and suddenly piled error after error.
He broke Ruusuvuori back one last time and put himself on the scoreboard in the third set, but couldn’t take a game after that: 6-4, 2-6, 1-6.
Greek track through
Tallon Greek track did qualify for the second round. Greek track, the number 56 in the world, was too strong in two sets for the Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, the global number 161. It was 7-5 7-5 for the Dutchman. “It was a very businesslike, solid victory,” said Greek track afterwards.
The Greek track game was originally scheduled for Monday, but was moved to Tuesday due to the ongoing rain in Rosmalen.
Tallon Greek track in action against Aljaz Bedene on the grass of Rosmalen
In the second round, Greek track will compete against Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, the number 2 on the placement list.
Van Rijthoven to second round
Tim van Rijthoven has reached the second round of the grass tournament in Rosmalen. The 25-year-old tennis player beat Australian Matthew Ebden in straight sets: 7-6 (4) 7-6 (9).
Van Rijthoven is number 205 in the world ranking. He received a wild card from the organization of the grass tournament in Brabant. Against the 34-year-old Ebden, the Dutchman was the better in two tiebreaks. After no breaks in the first set, Van Rijthoven won the tiebreak 7-4. In the second set, both players won each other’s serve once at the beginning. After that, a tiebreak had to bring the decision again. In it, Van Rijthoven struck on his second match point.
In the second round, the tennis player will face third-seeded American Taylor Fritz. The 24-year-old American is the number 14 in the world. He won the Indian Wells masters tournament this year.
Haase stranded in first round
Robin Haase failed to reach the second round of the Rosmalen grass tournament. The 35-year-old tennis player lost in straight sets to American Sam Querrey: 6-3 6-2.
Haase, who dropped to 256th place in the world ranking, had received a wildcard from the organization in Rosmalen. With his American opponent, the number 107, but once number 11 in the world ranking, he had a tough draw. Querrey gave Haase no chance in two sets, broke him once in the first set and twice in the second set.
Also Hartono round further
Arianne Hartono has also qualified for the second round at the grass tournament in Rosmalen. Hartono, the world number 172, needed three sets to beat Australian Taylah Preston. It became 6-4, 3-6 and 6-4 for the 26-year-old Dutchman.
In the second round, she will face the winner of the match between first-seeded Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus and Kateryna Baindl from Ukraine. Sabalenka will play under a neutral flag in Rosmalen.
After the elimination of Suzan Lamens, Hartono is the only remaining Dutch among the women. Lamens, the number 4 in the Netherlands, lost 7-6 (5) 6-3 to Russian Anna Kalinskaja, the number 86 in the world, who also plays under a neutral flag on Monday. Arantxa Rus dropped the tournament in her own country, because she prefers to play a tournament on clay this week.
Rojer withdraws with foot injury
Jean-Julien Rojer has withdrawn from the Rosmalen grass tournament due to an injury to his left foot. The 40-year-old Rojer won the men’s doubles at Roland Garros last weekend with partner Marcelo Arévalo from El Salvador.
The two defeated Croatian Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek from the United States in three sets in the final in Paris, 6-7 (4) 7-6 (5) 6-3.
In 2014, Rojer was still the strongest in the grass tournament in Rosmalen, together with his Romanian partner Horia Tecău.
Olympic tennis champion Bencic continues
Olympic tennis champion Belinda Bencic has qualified for the second round at the grass tournament in Rosmalen. The Swiss number 17 in the world was too strong in two sets for the American Madison Brengle, who occupies 56th place in the world ranking. It was 6-4 6-3 for Bencic.
The 25-year-old Swiss will compete in the second round against the Russian Anna Kalinskaja, who was too strong for the Dutch Suzan Lamens in the first round on Monday with 7-6 (5) 6-3. Kalinskaya participates in Rosmalen under a neutral flag. Later this month, she will not be allowed to participate in Wimbledon, which bans tennis players from Russia and Belarus because of the war in Ukraine.
Bencic took Olympic gold in Tokyo last year by beating Czech Marketa Vondrousova in the final.