Photo: Steve WylieNick Taylor (USA) and David Wagner (USA)
Sunday’s penultimate day of play at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters in Mission Viejo, California, will see the first of this week’s champions crowned in the quad doubles.
The quad doubles final will feature three American players after Greg Hasterok partnered Canada’s Sarah Hunter to win their final round-robin match decisively on Satuday.
Second seeds Hasterok and Hunter defeated Britain’s Antony Cotterill and Adam Field 61 63 to book their place in the title decider against top seeds and six-time Doubles Masters champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner.
With Taylor and Wagner finishing their pool matches with a 61 60 win over Canada’s Adrian Dieleman and Italy’s Antonio Raffaele, the top seeds go into Sunday’s final having dropped just six games in their three round-robin contests.
Cotterill and Field will now aim to beat Dieleman and Raffale for the second time this week in the play-off for third place.
Gerard and Kunieda pair to join semifinalists
After winning their respective singles semifinals, Monday’s NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters men’s singles finalists, Belgium’s Joachim Gerard and Japan’s Shingo Kunieda, paired up on Saturday night to reach the ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters men’s semifinals.
Third seeds Gerard and Kunieda beat the all-Japanese duo of Satoshi Saida and Takashi Sanada 63 76(3) to secure second place in Pool 1 behind top seeds Stephane Houdet and Gordon Reid, who completed their round-robin matches unbeaten following their 61 61 win over Britain’s Marc McCarroll and American Steve Welch.
Gerard and Kunieda will play French fourth seeds Michael Jeremiasz and Nicolas Peifer for a place in Monday’s final after Jeremiasz and Peifer ensured first place in their pool with a 61 60 win over Britain’s Marc McCarroll and American Steve Welch.
Houdet and Reid are attempting to extend their unbeaten doubles partnership to four tournaments and the Frenchman and the Brit will now play three-time Doubles Masters champions Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink as the top two seeded partnerships go head-to-head in the last four.
The Dutch duo of Scheffers and Vink, who won the most recent of their three Doubles Masters titles in 2010, ensured their place in this year’s semifinals when defeating Argentina’s Guillermo Camusso and Gustavo Fernandez 62 61.
Grand Slam finalists to meet in women’s semis
The women’s doubles semifinals will feature a rematch of July’s Wimbledon doubles semifinal between top seeds Yui Kamiji and Jordanne Whiley and Australian Open finalists Marjolein Buis and Lucy Shuker, guaranteeing that there will be a British player in Monday’s final.
With Wimbledon runners-up Kamiji and Whiley already through to the last four after winning their two round-robin Pool 1 matches, Buis and Shuker ensured second place in Pool 2 when they beat Brit Louse Hunt and Japan’s Miho Nijo 64 63.
The other women’s semifinal will see the all-Dutch second seeded partnership of Jiske Griffioen and Sharon Walraven take on third seeds Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany and Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa.
Ellerbrock and Montjane beat Germany’s Katharina Kruger and Francisca Mardones of Chile 61 62 to seal second place in Pool 1 behind Kamiji and Whiley.