Quad top seeds make winning start
Last year’s quad doubles finalists Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne and Nick Taylor and David Wagner both made winning starts to the 2017 UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters on Wednesday at Sportcentrum Schaapskooi in Bemmel, Netherlands
British top seeds Cotterill and Lapthorne built on a 4-1 lead in the first set of their opening round-robin match against Australia’s Heath Davidson and Lucas Sithole of South Africa and came from a break down in the second set to seal a 63 75 victory ahead of playing Taylor and Wagner in Thursday’s second set of round-robin matches.
USA’s three-time Paralympic champions Taylor and Wagner, the sport’s most successful doubles partnership, wrapped up their opening match of this year’s UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters with few issues, defeating Greg Hasterok and Kyu-Seung Kim 62 60.
“I don’t know that going to the tenth title this year add any extra pressure. I guess people want what we’ve got, so I think maybe the pressure’s on them. We’ve already proven ourselves, I think,” said Wagner.
“We love playing in the Masters. It’s always an honour representing our division in the Masters and the success we’ve had been super-great. It’s been a heck of a career and it’s an honour to play with Nick and we really look forward to the rest of the matches. Every time we step on to the court we can learn something. We don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on the past, win or loss.”
With the top two partnerships after the three days of round-robin competition going forward to play each other again in Saturday’s quad doubles final, Cotterill and Lapthorne and Taylor and Wagner will hope that their Centre Court meeting on Thursday night is the first of two contests between the respective pairings in Bemmel this week.