The big question on Wednesday, for the Swedish camp, at the Kungens Kanna & Drottningens Pris, was whether Tilda Larsson (picture) could take revenge for the finals loss last week in Djursholm’s Tennis Europe Tournament.
Tilda started strong and managed to quickly cause some damage against the Croatian Lana Preis. The first set went relatively smoothly with a 6-2 win. In the second, it was much tougher with long and entertaining exchanges. It was tight all the way, but eventually, Tilda put the last nail in the coffin, her powerful forehand was the key to today’s victory.
The other six Swedes that played today, unfortunately, had to leave the tournament, but in this strong field, there is nothing to be ashamed of. One of today’s most fun matches was the 15th seeded Otso Martikainen (Finland) against qualifier Dilhan Wasantha (United Kingdom). The Brit took the first set 6-3, but in the second, Otso was the stronger player, keeping up the momentum he also took the decisive set 6-3.
– Tomorrow it is time for the round of 16, it is positive that we have a Swede reaching this far in the tournament, comments the Tournament Director Joe Beaton. Apart from Tilda Larsson’s match, I can recommend the game between Theo Papamalamis (France) meeting the British player Viktor Frydrych. Both play brilliant tennis, and they will probably put on a good show, concludes Joe Beaton.