First-time partnership Ellerbrock and van Koot into women’s doubles semis
First-time partnership Sabine Ellerbrock and Aniek van Koot earned their place in Saturday’s women’s doubles semifinals on Friday’s third and last day of round-robin pool matches at the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters in Bemmel, Netherlands.
In a must-win Pool A contest for two partnerships featuring German players, Ellerbrock and van Koot beat Giulia Capocci of Italy and Katharina Kruger 61 62 to seal their place in the last four against second seeds Dana Mathewson and Lucy Shuker, who had already ensured their place at the top of Pool B.
Van Koot already has two UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters titles to her name with two fellow Dutchwomen, Sharon Walraven and Jiske Griffioen, but this week she is playing alongside Germany’s Ellerbrock for the very first time.
“It’s very special; it’s a challenge in the most positive way of the word and it’s fun because I’ve known Sabine for a long time but I’ve never sat next to her on the court,” said van Koot after she and Ellerbrock completed their two round-robin matches with a win and a loss. “Yesterday we had our start against Diede (de Groot) and Marjolein (Buis) and it was quite tricky because they have played together for a long while and they have a really good rhythm. We had to find our rhythm and today that worked a lot better.”
Charlotte Famin of France and South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane came from 3-1 in their second set to wrap up a 64 64 victory over Louise Hunt and Michaela Spaanstra. Famin and Montjane to earn a semifinal against Buis and de Groot.
Taylor and Wagner into quad doubles final
Second seeds Nick Taylor and David Wagner have given themselves the opportunity of taking their tally of Doubles Masters quad titles into double figures after a 62 26 61 victory over Australia’s Heath Davidson and Lucas Sithole of South Africa.
Taylor and Wagner raced into a 5-0 lead in the deciding set, USA’s three-time Paralympic gold medallists eventually wrapping up victory after two hours and eight minutes.
“We just went back to the game plan we were doing in the first set. We didn’t give them any free points and really fought, no matter what, to get one more back and one more back. I think that was the difference,” said Taylor, reflecting on a dominant final set performance.
The day’s other quad match ended with reigning champions Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne beating USA’s Greg Hasterok and Kyu-Seung Kim of Korea Republic 62 62 to finish the quad doubles round-robin matches unbeaten. The British duo will now face nine-time champions Taylor and Wagner in Saturday afternoon’s final, having won Thursday’s round-robin match between the two doubles teams in three sets.
“I’m not sure how many time we’ve played those guys now, but it a good number of times and it’s always a tough match with the completely different styles match-up than today, but we know what they’re going to do and they know what we’re going to do so it’s going to come down to who executes better on the day,” added Taylor.