Kimmer Coppejans (ATP 399) surprisingly managed to reach the second round on Monday at the Challenger tournament in Oeiras, Portugal (gravel/$45,730). The 28-year-old from Ostend took the measure of the Spanish top seed Roberto Carballes Baena (WTA 87) in his first round.
Coppejans won after two hours and five minutes of tennis in two sets (6-4 and 7-5). In the second round, our compatriot will meet the winner of the duel between the German Sebastian Fanselow (ATP 309) and the Canadian Steven Diez (ATP 348).
In addition to Coppejans, Michael Geerts (ATP 243) also participates in Oeiras. The 27-year-old from Antwerp opens his singles tournament on Tuesday against Brazilian Daniel Dutra da Silva (ATP 234), the fourth seed.
Greet Minnen wins her first round in Bad Homburg
Greet Minnen (WTA 89) was able to win her first round at the WTA 250 tournament in Bad Homburg (grass / 251,750 dollars) on Monday. The 24-year-old Kempense defeated the Japanese Misaki Doi (WTA 100) between the rain showers in two sets (6-3 and 6-3). She was on site for one hour and thirteen minutes.
Minnen originally had to fight the French Alizé Cornet (WTA 44) in the first round, but the tournament schedule was shaken after a few forfeits and so the Japanese Doi came in front of her.
In the second round, Minnen will meet the winner of the all-German duel between Tamara Korpatsch (WTA 105) and Sabine Lisicki (WTA 801).
In addition to Minnen, Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 47) also participates in Bad Homburg. The Flemish Brabant, the best on Sunday in the WTA 125 tournament in Galbia, Italy, will meet the American Amanda Anisimova (WTA 25), the sixth seed, on Tuesday in her first round.