By Jeremiah Yolkut, special to USTA.com
SEOUL, Korea -- Day 2 of the 2012 BNP Paribas World Team Cup saw all four U.S. teams take the court.
The day started with the junior team taking on The Netherlands. The Dutch were a tough test for the young Americans and took the first two singles matches, but not without a fight from Chris Herman who battled in No. 1 singles. In the doubles, the U.S. duo of Shelby Baron and Chris Herman salvaged the last match of the day and gained valuable experience for their final pool test against Mexico on Wednesday.
The U.S. quads were again on top of their games, as David Wagner joined Nick Taylor to sweep the tie 3-0 over Italy in short order.
The U.S. men saw their first action of the 2012 WTC and didn’t disappoint. Paralympic qualifiers Jon Rydberg and Steve Welch took the singles, while Steve Baldwin joined Rydberg to finish off the doubles.
The U.S. women’s team faced a tough match-up with Great Britain on its second day of competition in Seoul. The American women were led by Kaitlyn Verfuerth as she took No. 2 singles, but were quickly held up when Emmy Kaiser succumbed to Lucy Shuker in No. 1 singles. In the deciding doubles match, the Great Britain women were too much for the U.S. ladies and took the tie, 2-1.
Wednesday is a lighter day for Team USA, as only the junior and quad teams will be in action in the morning.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Results
USA (8) defeated SPAIN (11) 3-0
Jon Rydberg (USA) d. Alvaro Illobre (ESP) 64 61
Steve Welch (USA) d. Martin Varela (ESP) 63 63
Jon Rydberg/Steve Baldwin (USA) d. Martin Varela/Alvaro Illobre (ESP) 64 36 62
GREAT BRITAIN (4) defeated USA (9) 2-1
Kaitlyn Verfuerth (USA) d. Jordanne Whiley (GBR) 26 64 64
Lucy Shuker (GBR) d. Emmy Kaiser (USA) 62 61
Lucy Shuker/Jordanne Whiley (GBR) d. Kaitlyn Verfuerth/Mackenzie Soldan (USA) 64 75
USA (1) defeated ITALY (5) 3-0
Nick Taylor (USA) d. Antonio Raffaele (ITA) 64 63
David Wagner (USA) d. Marco Innocenti (ITA) 62 63
Nick Taylor/David Wagner (USA) d. Giuseppe Polidori/Marco Innocenti (ITA) 64 60
NETHERLANDS (2) defeated USA (6) 2-1
Jeroen Staman (NED) d. Shelby Baron (USA) 60 64
Carlos Anker (NED) d. Chris Herman (USA) 67(9) 64 76(4)
Chris Herman/Shelby Baron (USA) d. Diede de Groot/Thomas Zomerdijk (NED) 64 36 10-8
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Schedule
Junior Team: USA vs. Mexico
Women’s Team: Off
Quad Team: USA vs. Japan
Men’s Team: Off