Japanese is first seed, German knows what it's like to win titles in Portugal
The Japanese Kaichi Uchida and the German Sebastian Fanselow qualified, this Saturday, for the final of singles of the Vale do Lobo Open II Magnesium-K Active, the third international tournament of 25,000 dollars organized in a consecutive way in the Algarve region and the second to Premier Sports, with the support of the Portuguese Tennis Federation.
Number 321 in the world ranking, Kaichi Uchida confirmed favoritism and defeated former top 70 Kenny de Schepper (current 645th) after three matches, with the 6-2, 4-6 and 6-2 partials.
The first semi-final of the day was divided into three acts, with the Japanese commanding the first and third sets authoritatively, but allowing the Frenchman to briefly dream of his first presence in the finals since January 2018, in Challenger from Koblenz, Germany.
Then, Sebastian Fanselow (435th) initialed the fourth win of the week in two matches by overcoming Frenchman Tak Khunn Wang (624th) in 91 minutes, 6-1 and 6-3.
Born in Essen, the German moved to Lisbon in the summer of 2020 and already knows what it is like to win titles in the country: in March of that year he won in Faro and in October in Setúbal, defeating the Portuguese Nuno Borges in the final.
Final takes place at 11:30 am this Sunday
This Sunday, starting at 11:30 am, the tennis player from the Lisbon Tennis Academy will seek the 11th title of singles in his career and the second in $ 25,000 tournaments, while Uchida – a former world number 3 junior – seeks the seventh trophy champion and second in 2021, after having become champion in Monastir, Tunisia, in the first week of the season (a title that the International Tennis Federation includes in the 2020 records, as this was the year in which the tournament had start).
Kenny de Schepper / Quentin Robert become champions of pairs
This Saturday, Kenny de Schepper and Quentin Robert became champions of pairs of the Vale do Lobo Open II Magnesium-K Active, recovering from the disadvantage of a set to beat compatriots Antoine Escoffier and Hugo Voljacques, by 0-6, 6 -4 and 10-6 after 1h09 against.