04 Nov 2011

Egberink and Jeremiasz stun defending champions


MATCH REPORT

Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) and Tom Egberink (NED)

The very last match on court provided the highlight of the second day at the Invacare Doubles Masters in Amsterdam as Tom Egberink of the Netherlands and Michael Jeremiasz of France stunned the defending Dutch champions Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink to win a thrilling final set tiebreak.

Top seeds Scheffers and Vink looked to be on course for place in their third successive Doubles Masters final as they won the first set in their second pool match in relative comfort. However, after Egberink received an injury time-out at the end of the opening set he and Jeremiasz battled back in their Group A match to largely dominate the second set.

The third and deciding set saw Egberink and Jeremiasz, who are playing in only their second tournament and their first Doubles Master together, take a 5-3 lead over the three-time former champions before Scheffers and Vink won the next three games to move 6-5 ahead.

However, as the match culminated in a decisive tiebreak, Egberink and Jeremiasz never looked back after taking a 3-0 lead and went on to wrap up a remarkable 36 62 76(3) victory.

The day's other Group A match ended with 2008 champions Stefan Olsson and Peter Vikstrom of Sweden beating Frederic Cazeaudumec of France and Martin Legner of Austria 62 63.

The result leaves both former champions with a crucial third and final round-robin match on Friday, as the winner of the contest between Scheffers and Vink and Olsson and Vikstrom will join Egberink and Jeremiasz in Saturday's semifinals.

Second seeds Robin Ammerlaan of the Netherlands and Stephane Houdet of France joined Britain's Marc McCarroll and Gordon Reid in winning Thursday's Group B matches in the men's event at the Frans Otten Stadium.

Ammerlaan and Houdet, defeated the all-French pairing of Frederic Cattaneo and Nicolas Peifer 61 62, the same score by which Britain's Marc McCarroll and Gordon Reid had earlier beaten David Dalmasso and Lahcen Majdi, the event's other all-French team.

Ammerlaan and Houdet will play McCarroll and Reid in their final group match on Friday, with the British duo needing to win the contest convincingly in their first Doubles Masters together to have any chance of reaching the semifinals.

Shuker and Whiley stay in the hunt for a place in the final

For the second day in a row Britain's Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley and Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands and Annick Sevenans of Belgium both faced rematches of a contest at Wimbledon back in July.

Buis and Sevenans beat their British opponents to gain third place on the grass courts at Wimbledon after a three set match, but the result was reversed on the second day of play on the hard courts of the Frans Otten Stadium.

As they had done in their opening match against Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot, Shuker and Whiley took the opening set, but Buis and Sevenans broke early in the second set to lead 4-1 and 5-3. Although Shuker and Whiley got back on par to force a tiebreak, Buis and Sevenans dominated the tiebreak, dropping just one point as they went on to level the match.

But Shuker and Whiley would not give in and refused to allow their opponents to force a final set tiebreak for the second day running as they took an enthralling contest 63 67(1) 64.

The day's other all-Dutch women's match also went to a deciding set as Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot to their compatriots and top seed Esther Vergeer and Sharon Walraven to a third set for the fourth time this season.

With the two pairings having met in all four Grand Slam finals in 2011, only their first contest of the season at January's Australian Open has yet gone to a third set, with Vergeer and Walraven taking the opening set by one clear break on Thursday, while a double break gave Griffioen and van Koot the second set.

However, Vergeer and Walraven dominated the deciding set to record a 64 26 61 victory.

Taylor and Wagner remain unbeaten in quad event

Taylor and Wagner remained unbeaten in the quad event, edging past Barten and Hard 75 75, while Dorrie Timmermans-van Hall of the Netherlands and Italy's Antonio Raffaele registered their first victory of the week when they beat they came from behind to beat the Italian duo of Marco Innocenti and Giuseppe Polidori 57 60 61.

"They played well at times today, so all credit to them. We deviated from our original game plan today and they took full advantage of that," said Wagner afterwards. "It's always good to have a tight match early in the tournament as it makes us wake up and realise what we need to do for the rest of the tournament as, whether we're in the final or playing for third place, we still have two matches left."

Barten and Hard play Raffaele and Timmermans-van Hall in Friday's crucial group match in the quad event

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