Photo: Steve WylieYui Kamiji (JPN) and Jordanne Whiley (GBR)
The quad doubles provided the closest finish of the day as the 2013 ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters got underway on Thursday in Mission Viejo, California, with second seeds Greg Hasterok and Sarah Hunter fending off a tough challenge from Adrian Dieleman and Antonio Raffaele.
With Canadian players on both sides of the net, USA’s Hasterok and Canada’s Hunter fought back to beat the Canadian-Italian partnership of Dieleman and Raffaele 46 62 63 ahead of meeting American top seeds and defending champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner on Friday. The six-time Doubles Masters champions and three-time Paralympic gold medallists eased through their opening robin-robin match against British duo Antony Cotterill and Adam Field 60 61.
There were comfortable straight sets wins for the seeded partnerships in action in both the men’s doubles and women’s doubles.
Stephane Houdet and Gordon Reid, who arrived in Mission Viejo unbeaten in three tournaments together, beat Japan’s Satoshi Saida and Takashi Sanada 60 61. The top seeds will now play third seeds Joachim Gerard and Shingo Kunieda in their second of three round-robin matches in Pool 1.
Gerard and Kunieda, who are playing in their second tournament together, opened their Doubles Masters campaign with a 63 62 win over Britain’s Marc McCarroll and American Steve Welch, who is a former Doubles Masters champion.
Dutch second seeds Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink, who are three-time Doubles Masters champions, got underway in Pool 2 with a 62 61 win over Japan’s Yoshinobu Fujimoto and Britain’s David Phillipson. Fujimoto and Phillipson are the only pairing in Pool 2 of the men’s doubles not to both come from the same country and French third seeds Michael Jeremiasz and Nicolas Peifer opened their account with a 60 61 win over Argentina’s Guillermo Camusso and Gustavo Fernandez.
The top two seeded partnerships started the women’s doubles by dropping just four games apiece.
Wimbledon finalists Yui Kamij and Jordanne Whiley beat Katharina Kruger of Germany and Francisca Mardones of Chile 64 60 ahead of meeting the third seeds, Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock and South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane
Dutch second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Sharon Walraven, both previous winners of the Doubles Masters title with different partners, defeated Britain’s Louise Hunt and Japan’s Miho Nijo 62 62. Griffioen and Walraven will play fourth seeds and Australian Open finalists Marjolein Buis and Lucy Shuker on Friday’s second day of Doubles Masters competition in California