By James Crook

Gordon Reid wheelchair tennis Paris June 5 2013June 5 - British world number six Gordon Reid came back from a set down to defeat former world number one Michael Jeremiasz on his singles Grand Slam debut in the wheelchair tennis event in the French Open at Roland Garros, setting up a date with defending champion Stephane Houdet in tomorrow's semi-finals after he overcame Gustavo Fernandez.

The 21-year-old Scot held Frenchman Jeremiasz for the opening four games, but went on to lose four successive games as his opponent took control, taking the first set 6-2.

However, Reid stepped up to the mark on his first solo Grand Slam appearance, pulling round the second set by 6-4 to level things up.

With Jeremiasz serving at 6-5 down in the final set, it looked as though the match would be heading for a nervy tie-break for a place in the next round, but Reid did well to break the serve and take the final game 7-5 to secure his place in the semi-final.

And he will play another Frenchman, defending champion Stephane Houdet, in the next round after he sailed past world number four Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina.

"I'm delighted to win my first singles match at a Grand Slam," said Reid.

"It was quite an up and down match.

"He had a good start, but luckily I managed to turn it around and played some good tennis.

"I'm normally never nervous, but I was nervous today and he had a whole crowd behind him, so it was difficult conditions to play in.

"But once I relaxed I was pleased with the way I played."

Reid has already got the better of Houdet on two occasions this year, including a win just last month on clay against the Frenchman in Italy.

159907015Japan's Shingo Kunieda got off to a strong start, dropping just one game on his way to the semi-finals

Elsewhere in the men's singles, Japanese world number one Shingo Kunieda needed just over 45 minutes to dispatch Sweden's Stefan Olsson in his first round tie, losing just one game en route to the semi-finals.

And he will face world number three Maikel Scheffers, who defeated Dutch compatriot Ronald Vink in straight sets to progress to the next round.

In the women's singles, South Africa's Kgothatso Montjane became the first African player to reach a semi-final as she defeated Dutchwoman Sharon Walraven over three sets.

"I was playing a very experienced player today" said Montjane.

"I wish I could have played better, but it's good that I pulled through and I believe there's more left to work on in the next match,"

Montjane will have to up her game if she wants to reach the final, as she was drawn against Dutch world number two Jiske Griffioen, who battled past compatriot Marjolein Buis to set up her semi-final date.

World number one Aniek van Koot was also made to work for her place in the next round by Great Britain's Lucy Shuker, who gave the Dutch player a scare when she took the first set, but van Koot's class showed as she won the next two sets by six games to four.

She will face German world number three Sabine Ellerbrock in the semi-final, after she claimed her first singles Grand Slam win against fellow German Katharina Kruger in straight sets.

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