02 Aug 2009

Sweden, Japan, Brazil and Israel earn third places

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Another day of rain in Nottingham on Saturday meant that the scheduled Women's and Quad finals were held over until Sunday at the 25th Invacare World Team Cup, meaning that the Men's World Group 1, Men's World Group 2, Women's and Quad final will now all be played on a busy final day schedule.

However, with as many play-offs as possible apart from the finals taking places indoors, Sweden, Japan, Brazil and Israel all clinched third places in their respecitve Men's World Group 1, Men's World Group 2, Women's and Quad events.

Sweden finish third in World Group 1

The 2008 Invacare World Team Cup Men's champions Sweden, ended the 25th Anniversary event on a high note, beating Japan to third place on Saturday.

With world No. 1 Shingo Kunieda sitting out Japan's bid to clinch the bronze medal, Yoshinobu Fujimoto played the first singles rubber of the tie against Peter Wikstrom, Wikstrom clinching a comfortable 61 64 victory.

Stefan Olsson then had to go to three sets against Satoshi Saida, but after two closely fought opening sets, Olsson dominated the third to wrap up a 2-0 win for Sweden in the bronze medal match after his 63 57 61 victory.

Meanwhile, Belgium earned seventh place after beating the Slovak Republic 2-1.

Brazil set up South American thriller against Argentina

Brazil claimed third place in World Group 2 on Saturday after Daniel Rodrigues and Carlos Santos beat Canada's Corey Blatchford and Lee Carter in both singles rubbers.

The result means that Brazil will now play their South American neighours Argentina to try and earn promotion back to World Group 1 after Argentina finished 14th in World Group 1 following their defeat to Poland.

An Argentina-Brazil tie has all the makings of a thrilling contest if it is anything like the Men's World Group 2 final the two nations fought out in Brasilia in 2006, when Brazil won on home soil.

Japan Women edge to third place in thriller

Arguably the most enthralling of Saturday's play-offs saw Japan justify their third seeding in the women's event with victory in the deciding doubles rubber against fourth seeds Korea.

Yui Kamiji, who at 15 has been the youngest player in any of the senior events at the 25th Invacare World Team Cup, got Japan off to a tremendous start, beating Myung-Hee Hwang (KOR) 62 61 before Ju-Yeon Park kept Korean hopes alive with a 64 60 victory over Kanako Domori.

A gripping final doubles rubber saw Domori and Kamiji finally get the upper hand as they edged out Hwang and Park 62 46 63.

Israel finish third in quad event

Another exciting contest ended with Israel claiming third place in the quad event on Saturday, their play-off against 2008 champions the Netherlands also coming down to a deciding doubles rubber.

Dorrie Timmermans completed was has been a fine two weeks in Nottingham for her in devastating fashion, beating Boas Kramer (ISR) 60 60 to give the Netherlands the best possible start.

However, Shraga Weinberg won the points that mattered in the second singles rubber to keep Israel's bid for the bronze medal alive as he edged Bas van Erp 64 64.

Beijing Paralympic quad doubles silver medal winners Kramer and Weinberg comfortably took the opening set of the deciding doubles before Timmermas and van Erp fought back, but it was the Israeli duo that won the day, earning a 64 26 62 victory.