Fourth seed Meilof Veeningen falls at the first hurdle in this year’s EiPSI Open in an interesting encounter with Iason Zisis, while Dion Boesten makes no mistakes against Ping Cheng. Milan Petkovic  kicks off the quarter-finals with a comprehensive victory over Valeriu Savcenco, with the other matches to be played today.
Iason Zisis needed just one break difference in each set to clinch victory against fourth seed Meilof Veeningen. Getting off to a patchy start at 0-2, Iason then got the better of his opponent in the first set, taking it 6-3. The second set remained in the balance until 4-4, but eventually Meilof conceded a break at an inopportune time to go 4-5 down, after which Iason quickly served out the second set, 6-4, and the match. Iason now faces John Businge in the only quarter of the draw with no EiPSI players left.
Iason was always going to be part of the EiPSI Open as an umpire, but now he still has a chance to be a participant instead.
Meanwhile, Dion Boesten made light work of his first-round encounter with Ping Cheng: 6-0, 6-0. He is now through to face Stan Korzilius in the quarter-finals.
The quarter-finals also kicked off yesterday as Milan Petkovic  faced Valeriu Savcenco. Valeriu was competitive in the first set, which Milan took 6-4, but failed to take a game in the second. Milan is now the first player through to the semi-finals, potentially setting up a mouth-watering clash against title defender and first seed Berry Schoenmakers.
With the other quarter-finals to be played today, it again promises to be an interesting day at the Open! Remember that visiting the Open as a spectator is free (althouth seating is limited and strictly first-come, first-serve), so do not miss out! (See schedule for details.)