On the 1st of june I drive to Paris. It's time to play Roland Garros. The able bodied players are already fighting for spots in the next round for a week. We play our event in the 2nd week of the Grand Slam.
My first opponent is Marjolein Buis. It seems we play each other every year at Roland Garros. I have a good start of the match. I have a 5-3 30-0 lead, when the footplate of my chair breaks. I need technical time-out to repair my chair. After 15 minutes we continue our match. I take the 1st set 6-3, but my rythm is gone. The 2nd set is a struggle, but in the tiebreak I am focused and I take it 7-2.
In the semifinal I play Yui Kamiji, the current world number 1. It is a big fight. I take the 1st set 7-5. But in the 2nd set I don't play well. I lose this set 2-6. The 3rd set is really close. A tiebreak has to decide the winner. On 4-6 I save to matchpoints! But eventually I lose against Kamiji 6-8 in the tiebreak. What a dissapointment after this fight. So close to another spot in the final.
A day after that I play the doubles final together with Aniek van Koot. We beat Buis/Famin 7-5 6-2 the day before, to earn a spot in this final. Again, a great fight on court 7 with a lot of spectators! We lose the first set in a tiebreak. In the 2nd set we face 0-3, but are able to turn the match around. We win 6 games, to take the 2nd set 6-3. The third set is a super tiebreak. And again, it's only two points. We lose the tiebreak 8-10.
Good matches, and sometimes the difference between winning and loosing is two points!