Upsets Come at Wheelchair Tennis

Zhenzhen Zhu and her doubles partner in a pre-Paralympic tournament (Photo: ITF Wheelchair)

It was yet another good day for China at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on Sunday, but this included a shock sport, wheelchair tennis. There were shocks in the women’s and men’s singles along with the men’s doubles as seeds were stunned.

The first upset came in the women’s singles with the number seven seed, Katharina Kruger (Germany) well beaten. Huiming Huang, the Chinese #37 ranked player beat Kruger handily in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3.

There was only a short wait for the second upset, coming when the only African in the women’s singles was eliminated by China’s Zhenzhen Zhu. The match took three hours before Zhu finally prevailed 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in an unforgettable match.

China’s strong results on the tennis court continue as they produced another upset in the men’s singles. World #60, Shunjiang Dong managed to stun the number seven seed, Tom Egberink easily, winning the match 6-1, 6-1.

There were no further upsets through the day though, with home fans left disappointed when defending champion Shigo Kunieda beat Daniel Rodrigues 6-2, 6-1. There were also no shocks in the quad doubles as the United States and Australia will meet in the gold medal match.

The Australian pair of Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson easily beat Great Britain in their semi-final, taking less than 90 minutes to do so, winning 6-1, 6-2. The Americans, Nick Taylor and David Wagner were made to work a little harder, winning 6-4, 6-2 to set up what should be a thrilling final.



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