18 Nov 2012

Taylor and Wagner retain quad doubles title

Match Report

Photo: Mathilde DusolNick Taylor and David Wagner (USA)

Nick Taylor and David Wagner of USA clinched their sixth quad doubles title since 2005 on Saturday’s penultimate day of the Invacare Doubles Masters, while Sunday’s men’s doubles and women’s doubles were decided.

Second seeds Gordon Reid of Great Britain and Ronald Vink of the Netherlands upset top seeds Michael Jeremiasz of France and Stefan Olsson of Sweden to reach the men’s doubles final against fourth seeds Stephane Houdet of France and Shingo Kunieda of Japan.

The women’s doubles final will see top seeds and 2011 runners-up Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot take on third seeds Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany and Yui Kamiji of Japan.

Taylor, Wagner avenge pool loss to win sixth quad title

After losing the first set of their round-robin pool match to second seeds Antonio Raffaele of Italy and Shraga Weinberg of Israel on Thursday, Taylor and Wagner made a much better start against the same opponents in the final.

After both partnerships had exchanged service breaks in the first three games of the first set, Taylor and Wagner established a 4-1 lead and while Raffaele and Weinberg have chances to reduce their arrears to 4-2, the American defending champions stretched their lead to 5-1.

Taylor and Wagner created two set points in the seventh game, Weinberg saving the first with a forehand winner down the line, but Taylor then delivered a high looping forehand towards Raffaele and the ball bounced out of reach of the Italian, for whom it was also the second Invacare Doubles Masters final in successive years.

Raffaele and Weinberg led the second set briefly at 2-1, but Taylor and Wagner broke serve to make it 4-2 and although Raffaele and Weinberg saved two match points at 5-3 Taylor and Wagner finally converted their third match point to seal their sixth Doubles Masters title since 2005 61 64.

“After losing to them in the round-robin we talked it over with our coach and came up with a strategy that we thought could work out against them and we stick to that and were able t pull through’” said Wagner, who was completing the double of winning NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and Invacare Doubles Masters titles in the same year for the third time. “It’s always cool to set a record that’s out there to be broken and to win the singles and doubles masters in the same year is a real dream come true.”

Sweden’s Anders Hard and Marcus Jonsson ended their fist Invacare Doubles Masters together by claiming third place after defeating Italy’s Marco Innocenti and Giuseppe Polidori 46 61 63.

Reid and Vink upset Jeremiasz and Olsson

Fourth seeds Houdet and Kunieda were the first duo to book their places in Sunday’s men’s doubles final. The world’s top two ranked singles players combined with great effect in the first set of their semifinal against Frederic Cattaneo of France and Joachim Gerard of the Netherlands and were taken to deuce only in the last two games.

However, they won all the important points and then secured breaks in the third fifth and ninth games in the second set to complete a 60 63 victory after exactly an hour.

But the upset of the day came in the other men’s semifinal as Reid and Vink beat top seeds Jeremiasz and Olsson 63 64.

Jeremiasz and Olsson came from 3-1 down to level the first set at 3-3, but Reid and Vink secured a crucial break in the eighth game as they seized the advantage.

Reid and Vink continued to grow in confidence in the second set and built a 5-2 lead and although Jeremiasz and Olsson regained a break of serve, it was Reid and Vink who finally wrapped up their victory on their second match point.

In the play-off for fifth and sixth places Martin Legner of Austria and Nicolas Peifer of France came from a set and 5-2 down against Dutch third seeds Tom Egberink and Maikel Scheffers to force a second set tiebreak and then came from 5-4 down in the decider to eventually complete a remarkable 16 76(5) 75 victory.  

Seventh place in the men’s doubles went to Tadeusz Kruszelnicki of Poland and Britain’s Marc McCarroll, who beat Frenchmen David Dalmasso and Lahcen Majdi 64 62.

Griffioen and van Koot to meet Ellerbrock and Kamiji

Dutch top seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot maintained their bid to win their first Invacare Doubles Masters title as a duo after a straight sets win over Annick Sevenans of Belgium and Lucy Shuker of Great Britain in their women’s doubles semifinal.

Sevenans and Shuker fought back from 3-0 down to level the opening set after the first eight games, but Shuker’s serve was broken for second time in the ninth game as last year’s runners-up claimed the set.

A 4-0 second set lead for London 2012 silver medallists Griffioen and van Koot then proved too much for Sevenans and Shuker to claw back and the Wimbledon champions completed a 6-4, 6-3 victory.

The other semifinal produced a closer conclusion as third seeds Ellerbrock and Kamiji beat Katharina Kruger of Germany and Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain 63 76(4).

Whiley had her serve broken in the first and last games of the opening set as Ellerbrock and Kamiji forged head and the Roland Garros runners-up came from 4-2 down in the second set tiebreak t reach their second major final of 2012.

The play-off for third place in the women’s doubles went to fourth seeds Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa and Sharon Walraven of the Netherlands, who defeated second seeds Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands and Louise Hunt of Great Britain 62 62.