Photo: Steve WylieNick Taylor (USA) and David Wagner (USA)
Two of the men’s and women’s doubles semifinalists were decided on Friday’s second day of the ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters in Mission Viejo, California, while defending champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner ensured they will feature in another quad doubles final after their second straight sets win in two days as they go for a seventh Doubles Masters title.
However, three-time champions and second seeds Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink face a must-win third and final pool match in the men’s doubles after losing out to French fourth seeds Michael Jeremiasz and Nicolas Peifer.
Jeremiasz and Peifer, winners of the men’s doubles at last month’s Nottingham Indoor, the final ITF 1 Series event of 2013, beat Scheffers and Vink, the only three-time men’s Doubles Masters champions, 63 63 to earn a place in the last four.
Argentina’s Guillermo Camusso and Gustavo Fernandez also beat Britain’s David Phillipson and Yoshinobu Fujimoto of Japan by the same 63 63 score in Pool 2 of the men’s doubles and they go into their final round-robin match against Scheffers and Vink with both partnerships on one win and one loss apiece.
Top seeds Stephane Houdet and Gordon Reid secured another 63 63 win in Pool 1. The Frenchman and the Brit, unbeaten in three tournaments to date, beat third seeds Joachim Gerard of Belgium and Japan’s Shingo Kunieda to earn a place in the semifinals ahead of their final round-robin match against the Anglo-American pairing of Marc McCarroll and Stephen Welch.
Japan’s Satoshi Saida and Takashi Sanada edged to a 61 46 75 win over McCarroll and Welch to go into the final day of pool matches on one win and one loss, the same record as Gerard and Kunieda after the first two days.
Women’s and quad doubles top seeds remain unbeaten
Wimbledon finalists Yui Kamiji of Japan and Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain ensured their place at the top of Pool 1 in the women’s doubles after a 64 62 win over Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock and South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane.
There will be a German player on opposite sides of the net in the remaining round-robin match, when Ellerbrock and Montjane play Katharina Kruger and Chile’s Francisca Mardones to decide who goes through to the last four.
Dutch second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Sharon Walraven ensured their progress from Pool 2 of the women’s doubles after edging out Australian Open finalists Marjolein Buis and Lucy Shuker 64 64.
The last round-robin match in Pool 2 will also feature two British players as Buis and Shuker take on Louise Hunt and Japan’s Miho Nijo.
American top seeds Taylor and Wagner have dropped just five games in their first two matches after beating their countryman Greg Hasterok and Canada’s Sarah Hunter 60 64.
Meanwhile, British pairing Antony Cotterill and Adam Field kept up their hopes of reaching the final after beating Canada’s Adrian Dieleman and Italy’s Antonio Raffaele 76(4) 62. They now face a crucial final round-robin match against Hasterok and Hunter.