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Jiske Griffioen, a wheelchair tennis athlete, that has been in the top 8 of the international women ranking for years. Follow her Tennis career, read her blog about her training days, physical work off court and social events. Make sure you stay up to date on her achievements in high level events, such as Grand Slams, Super Series and Paralympics. 

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World Team Cup Tokio

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Once a year only, we as wheelchair tennis players, compete in a team event, The World Team Cup. And this year this tournament is in Tokio. So excited to go to this city. On the sunday evening, after losing the final at the Japan Open, I fly from Fukuoka to Tokio. There we will meet the rest of the Dutch team, cause besides the women and men teams, the juniors will also be there to represent our country.

When we are still at the airport, we receive our draw from one of the coaches who’s already in Tokio. We are placed in poule A together with France and Columbia, and will play the next day against France. 

I won’t be playing the first day as I got injured in my match against Yui Kamiji at the Japan Open. So I will be supporting Aniek van Koot and Marjolein Buis who will play the singles matches. The both win and also the doubles match after that, so a 3-0 victory against France. The next day we have a day off.

Supporting Aniek van Koot in her singles match against Charlotte Famin.

Supporting Aniek van Koot in her singles match against Charlotte Famin.

The next after we play against Columbia. I’m still not able to play, due to my injury. But the other ladies play well and also a 3-0 win over Columbia, so we are in the semi final.

In the semifinal we play against Russia. Aniek van Koot wins the first singles match against Viktoriia Lvova 6-4 6-2. After that I play against Ludmila Bubnova. I take the first set 6-3. But in the second set I struggle. Due to my injury I wasn’t able to train a lot this week and I need that rhythm to feel confident. My opponent is hitting a lot of winners, so it makes it hard for me to get back into the set. But eventually I take the 2nd set 7-5. So we are in the final!!!

In the final we play against China. They entered the World Team Cup to win the qualification and now they are in the final. Marjolein plays the first singles match against Hui Min Huang and it’s a thriller. She wins 6-4 in the 3rd set, so we lead 1-0 when I play the second singles against Zhenzhen Zhu. It’s the first time I play her and at the beginning of the year she already beat some top ten players. My level is a lot better compared to the day before against Bubnova. I put my opponent under pressure without a lot of unforced errors. I win the match 6-1 6-1, very happy with this performance. So with a 2-0 victory against China, the women team from the Netherlands has done it again! Thanks Aniek, Diede, Marjolein, coach Dennis and our fysio Annelies for a great week!!!

Japan Open

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On the 14th of may I fly to Fukuoka. I’m going to play the Japan Open in Iizuka city and after that I represent the Netherlands in the World Team Cup in Tokio. Last year I didn’t compete at the Japan Open. And Tokio is a city I always wanted to visit, so I’m excited to go.

After having a bye in the firs round, I playManami Tanaka in the 2nd round. A young Japanese player. I win the match 6-0 6-0, but at times Tanaka has some good shots.

In the quarterfinal I play Diede de Groot. In the first games she hits a lot of winners, but I find a way to battle into the first set. I take the first set 6-3. After that, the resistance of Diede is a bit broken and win the 2nd set 6-1.

In the semifinal I play against Sabine Ellerbrock. Difficult conditions as it’s very windy on court. I handle the conditions a bit better and win the match 6-2 6-2

In the final I play Yui Kamiji. I play a good first set and take it 6-3. In the 2nd set my level drops and I lose this one 6-1. The 3rd set is better, but Yui takes it 6-3. A bit disappointed after a good week on court, to lose the final.

In doubles Aniek van Koot and I won the semi final against Buis/de Groot. The first time we ever played against this team. But we have to play the final the same day (cause our semi final was cancelled because of rain the day before) and in the final we lose against Kamiji/Whiley.

 

ASCA South African Open

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On saturday the 27th of march I flew to Johannesburg to play two tournaments. The first tournament was in Benoni. This ITF-1 event was a warm up for the second Super Series event of this year. I played some good matches here, beating Lucy Shuker in the quarter final and world number 3 Aniek van Koot in the semi final. But eventually I lost the singles final against world number 2 Yui Kamiji 4-6 6-4 3-6. And Aniek and I lost the doubles final the same day against Kamiji/Buis. But it was great to play that many matches on high altitude, as the balls fly more. It was important to get used to this before the start of the 2nd Super Series event in Jo’burg.

After having a bye in the 1st round, I played Macarena Cabrillana from Chile for the first time in my career. It was a solid match and I won 6-2 6-0. In the quarter final I played Kgothatso Montjane. In 2013 I lost to her at this tournament and she is playing in her home country. With the crowd on her side, I expected a strong performance and a tough battle. But my level was good and Montjane made a lot of errors. I won the quarter final 6-1 6-1.

In the semi final I played Jordanne Whiley. Playing good tennis in the quarter final, I was disappointed by my level in the first set against Whiley. 3-5 and 15-40 down I saved two matchpoints and came back to 5-5. After that I played two sloppy games loosing the first set 7-5. But the comeback in the 1st set gave me some confidence. I started well in the second set, taking a 3-0 lead and after that raced to a 6-0 win in the second. I pulled through in the third set taking it 6-2.

In the final I played Sabine Ellerbrock. I played a strong first set, winning it 6-2. At the beginning of the second set I had some chances to take a lead, but didn’t convert. At 5-4 I had my first matchpoint, but because of a double fault I didn’t take it. At 6-5 I had 5 matchpoints, but Sabine fought back on all those matchpoints. But eventually, on my 7th matchpoint I ‘pulled the trigger’ and won the match 6-2 7-5.

Aniek and I reached the doubles final by beating Kamiji/Niho in the quarter final and Ellerbrock/Matthewson in the semifinal. The doubles final was spread out over two days. We played Buis/Montjane and we started the final on friday. Aniek and I took the first set 6-3, but after that it was to dark to continue. So after the singles final on saturday we continued our doubles final. Aniek and I played offensive tennis and we took a 5-0 lead. We got one matchpoint but didn’t take it. On 5-1 we got our second matchpoint and won the match 6-3 6-1. Two Super Series titles this week, so I’m flying home a happy lady!!

Australian Open

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After the Apia Sydney International Open I travel to Melbourne for the Australian Open. While most players compete at the Melbourne Open this week, I’ve decided skip this event and practice at the Australian Open venue. My coach Dennis van Scheppingen arrives 8 days before the Australian Open starts, so we can prepare for the first grand slam of the year. 

Last years we had crazy hot weather, what we are used to in Aussie summer. This year it is a bit different. Most of the practice sessions in the morning we have to cancel because of rain. I apologize to my coach for laughing at him when he swept the court dry and it started raining again 1 minute later ;-) Luckily Melbourne is known to be the city where you can have four seasons in a day. So fall in the morning, but also summer in the afternoon. So plenty of time to practice in the afternoon and it was a great prep for the Australian Open.

On the 25th of january we have the draw ceremony at Margaret Court Arena. My first opponent is Lucy Shuker. The tournament starts two days later. The start of the match is a bit rusty, but I take the first set 7-5. With this first set under my belt, I start to better. And I take the second set 6-2. 

In the semi final I play against country woman Marjolein Buis, who took out world number 4 Jordanne Whiley in a close three set match. When we enter the court the clouds are coming in. We start the match but at 2-0 it starts raining. We have to leave the court and are able to get back on after 2 hours. I don’t have a great start after the rain break and Marjolein levels to 2-2. After that I step it up and don’t lose another game, to take the first set 6-2. And the second set I can keep my level up and take it with the same numbers, 6-2. My first grand slam final of the year! 

In doubles Aniek and I play Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley in the semi final. A crazy match! It goes up and down. We are down 1-3 in the third set, but are able to turn the match around one more time. After over 3 hours of play we eventually win the match 7-6 4-6 6-3.

On friday Aniek and I are supposed to play the final of doubles against Kamiji/Buis but rain won’t let us. They reschedule the match to saturday, so we play the singles final first and the doubles final after.

In the final I play against my doubles partner Aniek van Koot. We have played many times against each other and it’s going to be another good fight. I take a 2-0 lead, but Aniek levels at 2-2. After that I put some more pressure on Aniek and take another lead. I take the first set 6-3. In the second set I’m able to keep doing what I was doing in the first set. On 5-2 I have my first championship point, but Aniek is fighting back. At 5-3 I have my second championship point, but Aniek also takes this game and levels to 5-5. The next game is mine, and at 6-5 I’m taking my fourth match point to win the title. So happy to have retained my Australian Open title. It means so much to me!! 

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After that Aniek and I have to play the doubles final together. It is not ideal to play two finals on one day and it shows that we have played a match already. We are both a little fatigued and not playing our best tennis. Kamiji/Buis take advantage, not giving a lot of free points and we lose 6-2 6-2.

Paralympic athlete 2015

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On the 15th of december I have another gala event. For the first time I’m nominated for the title paralympic athlete of 2015 at the NOC*NSF/NOS sports gala. I’m nominated together with Marlou van Rhijn and Alyda Norbruis. Both of them had outstanding results this year so it’s going to be an exciting night. 

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Apia Sydney International Wheelchair Tennis Open

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I arrive in Sydney on the 8th of january at 07.00 am, but my tennis bag is still in Dubai. So not a chance to hit the first day. Aniek (who arrived a day earlier) and I take the train to the city and enjoy the sun, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour. We try to stay out in the daylight as long as we can, to get rid of our jetlag. The next day my tennis bag still hasn’t arrived, so that it is a bit annoying. So time for a good session in the gym, to get my body going. Luckily they find my tennis bag that day, after it was delivered in the wrong Pullman hotel. So the next day we can finally start practicing. It is hot out here!! We have sessions late in the afternoon or early morning(07.00-09.00) but the sun is burning already at that time.

My first match (second round as I have a bye first round) I play against Yu-Yeon Park. I’m a bit rusty in the beginning. It’s always difficult to transition from indoor training at home to playing matches outdoors, but I win this match 6-3 6-3.

The next day I’m supposed to play my quarter final against Diede de Groot. In the afternoon it’s so hot that the heat rule is in effect, so no play. Half an hour after the first rounds go on court, it starts lightening and an hour later it is pouring down rain. It doesn’t stop so all matches are cancelled for the day.

As we have only two days left to finish the tournament, I play two singles matches on friday. First I play my quarter final against Diede de Groot. It’s very windy this day and she is struggling with the conditions. I play a solid match and win 6-1 6-2. That evening I play my semi final against KG Montjane. I start really well and take the first set 6-0. In the 2nd I loose my focus and Montjane takes advantage of that, winning the second set 6-2. In the 3rd set I’m able to turn that around and I take the third set 6-2. Unfortunately we have to pull out of doubles as Aniek twisted her back earlier that morning and is not able to play. Hopefully she recovers fast as we have two more weeks of tennis ahead of us.

On saturday I play my first final of the year against world number 2 Yui Kamiji. Another windy day on court. I start well and at 5-2 I have a couple of setpoints but cannot convert. At 3-5 0-40 I miss two more chances on setpoint, but I win the next point and take the first set 6-3. In the second set I’m struggling. I make too many unforced errors and play too defensive. In the third set I face 0-2 so it doesn’t look good. But I play a really strong game and I’m back in the set. I take a 5-2 lead, but Kamiji is fighting back to 5-4. I break her serve once more and take the set 6-4. What a way to start this year winning my first Super Series title in 2016. A great warmup for the Australian Open.

Getting my gym work done!

Getting my gym work done!

A great time at Sydney

A great time at Sydney