Photo: Paul ZimmerJiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot (NED)
Second seeds Annick Sevenans of Belgium and Sharon Walraven of the Netherlands will get the 2012 Wimbledon Wheelchair Doubles Event, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, underway on Friday when they take on British wild card pairing Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley in the first of the scheduled women’s semifinals at the third Grand Slam of the year in London.
The semifinal will be a rematch of May’s Atlanta Open final, which is the one and only time the two partnerships have played each other to date. On that occasion Shuker and Whiley came back from a set down to win in three sets as they claimed their first ITF 1 Series title together.
“Last year was our first Wimbledon as a pairing and it was Jordanne’s first time on grass, so although we were disappointed not to reach the final it was a tough ask,” said Shuker. “This year we’ve got more grass court experience and have already beaten Annick and Sharon this year, but after the Atlanta Open final we’re’ expecting a very tough match.”
Roland Garros champions Marjolein Buis and Esther Vergeer will take on 2011 Wimbledon runners-up Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot in the other all-Dutch women’s semifinal
Vergeer is aiming for her fourth successive double title at the third Grand Slam of the year and will be aiming to do it with her third different doubles partner, having previously won with two other fellow Dutchwomen, Korie Homan and Walraven.
“I played on grass over a week ago week ago at the UNICEF Open in the Netherlands and the grass was soft, so I didn’t know what to expect when I got here to London, but I was pleasantly surprised when we had our practice and am excited to get started,” said Vergeer.
“Jiske and Aniek are the other strongest of the other teams in the draw and have played together a lot more times than us, which is perhaps an advantage for them, so I’m sure it will be a good match,” said Buis. But we have beaten them twice and have not lost a match yet in the two tournaments me and Esther have played together, so I hope we can keep it going at Wimbledon.”
Robin Ammerlaan and Ronald Vink of the Netherlands, the 2007 and 2008 men’s champions, will open their bid for a third Wimbledon double title together on Saturday against wild card entries Marc McCarroll and Gordon Reid of Great Britain, who make their Wimbledon debut as a partnership this year.
The other men’s semifinal will pitch reigning Doubles Masters champions Tom Egberink of the Netherlands and Michael Jeremiasz of France against the all-French partnership of Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, the reigning US Open champions.
Order of Play - Friday, 6 July 2012
Wimbledon Wheelchair Doubles Draws
LIVE SCORING FOR BOTH WOMEN'S SEMIFINAL MATCHES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE OFFICIAL WIMBLEDON WEBSITE FROM START OF PLAY (SCHEDULED FOR 11.30).
TV COVERAGE OF ALL MATCHES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON BBC INTERACTIVE (RED BUTTON).