The wheelchair tennis World Team Cup has seen a major upset on Saturday as China won their first ever women’s title, upsetting 29-time champions, the Netherlands 2-0 to claim the title.
Things were wrapped up in the singles tie, meaning the doubles match was not needed as the Chinese stunned the world by winning the two singles matches. Hui Min Huang defeated world number five Aniek van Koot and Zhen Zhen Zhu defeated world number three Diede de Groot to claim the win despite China entering the tournament as the number eight seed.
In the first match, Huang was able to win in three sets, in a match that went the distance, down to a tiebreak in the final set. Huang won the first set comfortably 6-2 before van Koot showed why she is ranked so highly, winning the second 6-3. That took the match to a third set and the two players struggled to be split, with Huang claiming the set in a tie break in five.
The second singles tie also went to three sets, although was not quite as tight as the first match with Zhu not needing a tie break. Zhu went close to winning the match in straight sets, after she won the first 6-1, the second was tight, but in the end de Groot got the crucial break to claim it 7-5. That spurred Zhu on in the third to claim a 6-2 win, and the title for China, the doubles match not needing to be played, China won 2-0.
“Before the match we reviewed other matches played by the Netherlands and we made a strategy. We carried out all the plans that we made.” Said Zhu to the media after the title was won.
China becomes just the fourth country to win the title after the Netherlands have won 29 and Australia and the United States have one each.