American duo ready for wheelchair tennis showdown

USA pair Nick Taylor and David Wagner look to retain their gold medal against British duo Andy Lapthorne and Peter Norfolk. 03 Sep 2012
Andy Lapthorne and Peter Norfolk in action

Great Britain's Andy Lapthorne and Peter Norfolk in action during their quad doubles wheelchair tennis semi-final's


“Given that we're the defending champions everyone wants to get us and we're not going down without a fight."

USA’s Nick Taylor and David Wagner will meet Great Britain’s Andy Lapthorne and Peter Norfolk in the quad doubles final, after both pairings recorded straight set wins on day three of wheelchair tennis.

Two-time champions Taylor and Wagner are just one match away from defending their gold medal having come through a tightly contested semi-final on Centre Court against Israeli duo Noam Gershony and Shraga Weinberg 6-3 7-6.

Norfolk and Lapthorne were victorious with a 6-2 6-2 triumph in their semi-final against Japanese pairing Shota Kawano and Mitsuteru Moroishi.

The American duo is determined to retain the gold according to Wagner.

“Given that we're the defending champions everyone wants to get us and we're not going down without a fight,” Wagner said.

In the last 16 of the women’s singles contest, there were no major upsets as all four of the Netherlands players comfortably progressed into the quarter-finals.

Esther Vergeer breezed past Germany’s Katharina Kruger, and Aniek van Koot beat Francisca Mardones of Chile in exactly the same fashion.

Jiske Griffoen overcame South Africa’s Kgothatso Mont Jane, and Marjolein Buis dominated in her match against Mackenzie Soldan of the USA.

Vergeer has her sights solely set on retaining wheelchair tennis’ top prize.

“In the back of my head I'm playing for a gold medal,” she said. “I trained for this match and I'm prepared for the next.”

Also in the women’s matches, Sabine Ellerbrock recorded a victory against the Republic of Korea’s Ju-Youn Park, Great Britain’s Lucy Shuker beat Emmy Kaiser of the USA, and Yui Kamiji was victorious against Annick Sevenans of Belgium.

In the men’s doubles, reigning Paralympic champions Stephane Houdet and Michael Jeremiasz of France met expectations with a comprehensive victory over the Great British pair of Alex Jewitt and David Phillipson.

Medal contenders Ronald Vink and Robin Ammerlaan of the Netherlands qualified for the quarter-finals with a win over Brazil’s Mauricio Pomme and Carlos Santos.

The Netherlands’ other pair of Maikel Scheffers and Tom Egberink were also victorious, due to a win over the Republic of Korea’s Sang-Ho Oh and Ha-Gel Lee.

France’s team of Frederic Cattaneo and Nicolas Peifer beats Austria’s Martin Legner and Thomas Mossier.

Other matches saw both Japanese pairings dominate in their contests against Australia and Thailand.

Great Britain duo Marc McCarroll and Gordon Reid defeated Belgium’s Mike Denayer and Joachim Gerard.

In addition, Sweden booked their quarter-final place with an impressive win over Spain.

In the women’s doubles competition, teams played hard to book their place in the quarter-finals.

Chile overcame South American rivals Colombia in a tight contest, as Thailand won in two sets against the Australian pair.

Elsewhere, the USA crashed out of the competition to Germany, and Spain were beaten in straight sets against an impressive Republic of Korea side.