Womens Semi Finals set at Tennis World Team Cup

Switzerland in action in their doubles match (Photo: ITF/Angelo Liete)

After another day of group play all four teams in the women’s semi-finals at the Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup have been decided on Wednesday. Switzerland, the USA, China, and the Netherlands have all qualified for the semi-finals in Alghero, Italy.

Switzerland sealed their place in the semi-finals, eliminating Brazil in a 2-1 win, claiming it thanks to the doubles match. Karin Suter-Erath and current junior world number one Nalani Buob teamed up to get the win, eliminating Brazil in what was essentially a quarter-final.

It will be a tough match for the Swiss as they will have to take on the top seed, chasing their 30th title who have lost just one set all tournament. The Netherlands cruised through defeating Thailand 3-0 to advance to the next round.

The United States just broke through to beat France as wins in the singles ties by McKenzie Soldan and Dana Mathewson was enough for the 2-1 win. China has stunned the tennis world again, eliminating the number two seed as they won all three matches to shock Japan and advance in their place to the semi-finals.

It was also bad for Brazil in the men’s side of the draw as France made light work of them to become the first men’s side through. France won 3-0 with the toughest match being for Stephane Houdet defeating Daniel Rodrigues 6-1, 6-4. Through the rest of the tie France only dropped one game in the doubles tie to cruise to the win.

Pool D saw the top three teams all finish level with two wins which made for a tense finish with Belgium advancing to the semi-finals due to having a better percentage. They defeated the Netherlands after straight sets wins in the singles matches before a 1-6, 7-6, 10-7 win in the doubles to claim it 3-0.

Argentina and Spain were in a tight tie and had Argentina have managed a win they would have advanced to the semi-finals. But after splitting the singles matches, Spain claimed a win in the doubles 7-5, 6-1, but it wasn’t enough as they finished second in the pool, sending Belgium through.

In Pool B a virtual quarter-final as Great Britain managed a 3-0 win over Italy and Austria managed a 2-1 win over China. Those results set up a tie between the two who are perfect so far as they will play off for a place in the semi-finals.

The United States rebounded after an opening day loss as Bryan Barten and David Wagner managed a 3-0 win over the Netherlands in the quads competition. Israel continued their perfect start though as they managed a 3-0 win over the Italians.

In Pool B Great Britain and Japan will face off to decide who advances to the semi-finals as they remain perfect. Japan needed the doubles match to get past Canada 201 while the United States managed a 3-0 win against South Korea.

 

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