The odds favoured stochastics professor Onno Boxma today as he wins the third edition of the EiPSI Open, beating Jacques Resing 6-1, 6-4.
Jacques Resing is left ruing what might have been when he was leading 4-2 in the second set, with Onno Boxma fighting a small bug nagging hamstring injury. However, after applying some treatment, Boxma could continue playing, winning four on the trot to seal the match. Boxma on his injury: “It’s all in your head: you feel it popping up and you start getting negative, but you just have to try and get over it.”
That the third EiPSI Open wasn’t going to have an EiPSI winner already became clear yesterday, as Onno Boxma and Jacques Resing beat Jerry den Hartog and Milan Petkovic in the semis, respectively. Boxma: “I don’t mean to insult anybody, but stochastics clearly beats EiPSI in tennis…”
Instead, EiPSI had to contend themselves with the fair-play award, which was decided in a match between Meilof Veeningen and Antonino Simone. Veeningen seemed to confirm his status as favorite, as he took the first set 6-1 and raced to a 3-0 lead in the second. The match was more even than the scoreline suggested though, as Simone played a good tactical match with a lot of variation in his shots, including some good underhand serves. This finally started paying off as he got back to 3-3 and even 5-5. Veeningen held his nerve to go 6-5, and Simone flinched: Veeningen broke to love to win 6-1, 7-5 and win the tird fair play award.
And this meant the end yet another succesful EiPSI Open. See you next year!