Photo: © 2014 María T. OrroDaniel Rodrigues (BRA)
Brazil and Germany completed 2-1 wins in their respective opening men’s and women’s ties on the second day of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup as more rain in Alphen meant that only the four round-robin ties outstanding from Monday’s first day in the men’s World Group, World Group II and women’s World Group could be completed.
Daniel Rodrigues took World Group II top seed Brazil into a deciding doubles rubber against Germany despite dropping the first two games when his rain-delayed singles rubber against Steffen Sommerfeld resumed.
Leading 4-3 in the second set before the first rain delays on Monday, Sommerfeld made a solid start to claim the set 6-3. However, Rodrigues finally clinched a 75 36 64 victory to force the doubles rubber, which Rafael Medeiros and Rodrigues took 64 62 against Sven Hiller and Sommerfeld.
“The two younger players have made the big difference for us and we are hopefully on the way to another final,” said Carlos Santos, the most experienced of the Brazilian player, who was a member of the Brazil team that won World Group II in Brasilia in 2006.
Second seed Belgium wasted little time in completing its first round-robin tie against Morocco, which was also suspended before the start of the deciding doubles rubber on Monday. Mike Denayer and Joachim Gerard sped to a 61 60 win over Ayoub Ettali and Lhaj Boukartacha, with Belgium and Morocco now set to face Sri Lanka in their remaining Pool B ties.
Germany completes women’s World Group win over USA
The only tie to get on court in the women’s World Group during the second day of the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis team event was the crucial match tiebreak in the deciding doubles rubber between second seed Germany and 1994 champion USA.
With the tie finely poised, Katharina Kruger and Bianca Osterer were never behind after the first three points of the match tiebreak against USA’s Emmy Kaiser and Kaitlyn Verfuerth and eventually clinched the doubles rubber 63 36 (10-8).
“I think it was important for us to finish when we did on Monday, with regards the momentum of the match,” said world No. 9 Kruger. “It enabled us to come back refreshed, but we knew that with it being first to ten points it could be something of a lottery, so we needed to start well and after the first three points we were in control.”
Germany and USA will now meet Russia in their remaining Pool B ties.
Netherlands, Great Britain register opening victories
Tom Egberink needed just two games to clinch the first singles rubber of Netherlands’ opening Pool B tie against Korea Republic, resuming his rain-delayed match against Ha Gel-Lee at 6-0, 4-3 ahead before wrapping up a 60 63 victory.
Maikel Scheffers also wasted little time in putting the tie beyond Korea’s reach, defeating Sung-Bong Han 61 60. However, an overall 3-0 victory for Netherlands ended in somewhat more dramatic circumstances as Rody de Bie and Ronald Vink recovered from an indifferent second set against Lee and Sang-Ho to eventually prevail 60 06 (10-6).
The other men’s World Group tie to be completed saw fourth seed Great Britain defeat Thailand 3-0.
David Phillipson resumed his first singles rubber against Suwitchai Merngprom having won just the first game before the match was suspended on Monday. Phillipson went on to get to within one game of victory when rain saw the contest suspended for a second time, but on his third attempt to complete victory the Brit needed just five points to wrap up a 75 62 win.
Marc McCarroll but the tie beyond doubt after beating Suthi Khlongrua 64 62 before Ed Holt gained his maiden BNP Paribas World Team Cup win when partnering Gordon Reid to win the doubles 63 64.