Inspired by Casper
Eikeri says that she is inspired by what the eighth-seeded Ruud has been able to achieve in the singles draw.
The 23-year-old is the face of Norwegian tennis and will face Danish teenager Holger Rune for a spot in the semi-finals in the night session on Wednesday in Paris.
“I’m so happy for Casper and it’s huge for Norwegian tennis, so yeah I’m really excited for the match tonight," said Eikeri. "For sure he’s inspiring all of Norway, all the new tennis players coming up and it makes everyone believe it’s possible.”
Unseeded Eikeri and Vliegen have won three matches via match tiebreak, and they have toppled the fourth-seeded and sixth-seeded pairings to reach the final.
“The matches have been very close,” said Eikeri. “Joran has been playing solid, so good, and carrying our matches, and I think he’s been able to help me relax. I started a little bit nervous but have stepped up more and more.”
Vliegen had never been past the quarter-finals of a Slam in any discipline.
“It’s like a dream come true,” said the 28-year-old Belgian. “Whenever you start playing and you play these Grand Slams you obviously want to make it as far as you can – to be able to play a final tomorrow is just amazing. We’ll look forward to it, we’ll go out and play our best tennis and see what happens.”