03 Sep 2012

Day 3: Women’s doubles produces longest match

Match Report

Photo: Steve Wake / Professional SportJohana Martinez and Angelica Bernal (COL)

LONDON, GREAT BRITAIN: The three hour mark was broken in an all South-American battle between Colombian Angelica Bernal and Johana Martinez and Chilean pair Francisca Mardones and Maria-Antonieta Ortiz. The Chilean’s won the first set 7-6 after 63 minutes which was an indication on what was to come. The Colombian’s fought back in the second set to win the set 6-4 and won the final set 7-5.

Speaking post the match Martinez said “we have played Chile before and it was always three sets so we knew it could be a good match for both teams.” They put their come back to Martinez’s consistency and Bernal relaxing to hit winners against the Chilean women. They will face number one seeds Esther Vergeer and Marjolein Buis next round.  Vergeer is one of the players Bernal aspires to and she is relishing the opportunity to play against her.   

Thailand continued their successful Paralympics here in London in the women’s event with a win in the ladies doubles. Sakhorn Khanthasit and Ratana Techamaneewat defeated Australian’s Daniela Di Toro and Janel Manns 6-4  6-0.  They face number four seeds Japanese Kanako Domori and Yui Kamiji in the next round. 

German pair Sabine Ellerbrock and Katharina Kruger were down two match points against American’s pair of Emmy Kaiser and Mackenzie Soldan with Soldan serving.  They managed to fight back and save several more match points before winning the final set 7-5. 

 "Honestly we played well. It is our first Paralympics they have both been here before.  I think we did well.” reflected Kaiser post the match.  On their comeback Kruger said “It was not caring that we were match point down.  We were just going for the next point, I just tried to relax”.

 They will now face British pair of Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley in the quarter final’s.  The Korean pair of Myung-Hee Hwang and Ju-Yeon Park defeated Spanish pair Elen Jacinto and Lola Ochoa 6-1 7-5 and will face the number two dutch pair of Jiske Griffioen and Aniek Van Koot. 

Follow the scores from the Paralympic Tennis Event on the Schedule page.