Photo: Do-Won KimBNP Paribas World Team Cup quad champions Israel
Israel and the Netherlands won the quad title and the junior title respectively at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup on Saturday after a fascinating penultimate day of action at the Olympic Park Tennis Centre in Seoul, Korea Republic.
Third seeds Israel won the quad title for the fourth time after defeating second seeds Great Britain 2-0.
With Israel contesting the quad final for the seventh time and Great Britain contesting the final for the sixth time, world No. 6 and former No. 1 Shraga Weinberg exchanged two tie-breaks with world No. 7 Jamie Burdekin in the first singles rubber, but Weinberg gained the important breakthrough in the deciding set to prevail 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-3.
Earlier in the week the round-robin group match between Israel and Great Britain had been settled in a deciding doubles rubber, but World No. 3 Noam Gershony ensured there would be no need for the doubles this time, when he took on Britain’s world No. 2 Peter Norfolk and sealed a 6-4, 6-2 victory to clinch the title.
Meanwhile, top seeds USA claimed the bronze medal after a deciding doubles rubber to beat Japan 2-1.
Mitsuteru Moroishi gave Japan the early lead after winning a close opening singles rubber against world No. 9 Bryan Barten 75 63. However, world No. 5 Nick Taylor ensured the tie would be decided in the doubles after he beat Shota Kawano 61 62 and Taylor then partnered world No. 1 David Wagner as the two-time Paralympic champions beat Moroishi and Kawano 61 60.
The Netherland were making their tenth appearance in the final of the World Team Cup junior event, which once again this year has been supported by ITF Wheelchair Tennis Programme Partner the Johan Cruyff Foundation. Meanwhile, for the USA it was their third junior final, having won the inaugural junior event in 2000 and then finished runners-up in 2003.
After finishing runners-up to Spain in 2011, the Dutch got off to a fine start this year as Jeroen Staman secured a confident 6-3, 6-0 victory over Shelby Baron.
Chris Herman made a bold attempt at taking the final to a deciding doubles rubber, but world No. 3 ranked junior Carlos Anker eventually clung on to his slender advantage tin 76(5) 76(3) to give the Netherlands the title for the fourth time in five years and seventh time in total.
Overview of Matches - Saturday, 26 May 2012
Men's World Group Draw
Men's World Group 2 Draw
Women's World Group Draw
Quad World Group Draw
Junior World Group Draw