By Jeremiah Yolkut, USTA Quad Recap-USA vs. Israel ANTALYA, Turkey --
The U.S. quad team finished in 1st place.
© Jeremiah Yolkut
It was Day 7 at the 2010 Invacare World Team Cup and as always that is the day of Quad final. As per the last seven years the day also mandates that the US Quad team be in the mix for the title. After disappointments in 2008 and 2009 the men of the US Quad team were eager to have another crack at an IWTC Champiopnship. In this year’s edition of the last tie of the quad draw that would mean a rematch with Team Israel, who Team USA already handily defeated earlier in the week.
As he had done for the past four ties, Nick Taylor would start the day for the Americans. The intensity was high early, as the second game went to deuce 12 times in a fury of back forth points, before Taylor knotted up the match at 1-1. In the third game Taylor dominated with a more consistent flow exposing Kramer’s weaknesses and taking control of the set. At 4-1 he again broke Kramer’s serve, overtaking the one strength Kramer usually has. The rest of the set was all Taylor, taking the opener 6-1.
In the second, it was much of the same as Taylor took a quick 3-0 lead on a winner down the line. Kramer worked his way back in the fourth, with a solid service game starting a rally taking the next three games and pulling even with Taylor. The Kansas native was clearly agitated as his lead disappeared and his path to a straight sets victory would be slightly tougher. Taylor worked hard staying on serve and taking the next three games avoiding a let down and taking the set 6-3.
With Taylor’s win the US was one singles victory away from taking their first Invacare World Team Cup since 2007.
Wagner came out with force in his #1 singles against familiar opponent Shraga Weinberg. The first set was vintage Wagner with powerful serves, returns, and precise winners. Wagner made sure not to play into Weinberg’s typical strategy of lengthening matches with long rallies by finishing him off quickly, 6-2. He was clearly ready for the final and wanted to bring home the championship for the USA
In the second set Wagner slowed, going back and forth with the Israeli and allowing him to stay in the set. Weinberg kept Wagner guessing as he defended every point the American fired at him. After Wagner squandered a match point at 5-4 he was vindicated by Weinberg on a double fault to go up 6-5, one game closer to closing out the set. Wagner took the early lead in the next game only allowing Weinberg a shred of hope as the match was quickly fading on the Israeli. It was at the fourth match point that Wagner fired the final winner past Weinberg, taking the match, set, tie and World Team Cup Championship.
Team USA takes their 6th Invacare World Team Cup crown and first since 2007.USA vs. Israel
Nick Taylor vs. Boaz Kramer 6-1, 6-3
David Wagner vs. Shraga Weinberg 6-2, 7-5Women’s Update
USA vs. Korea
Dana Mathewson vs Myung-Hee Hwang
Emmy Kaiser vs. Ju-Yen Park
Emmy Kaiser and Dana Mathewson vs Myung-Hee Hwang and Ju-Yen Park
The US women finished in 6th place at the 2010 Invacare World Team Cup.Men’s Update
USA vs. New Zealand
Zach Beaulieu vs. Travis Moffat
Jon Rydberg vs. Eamon Wood
Marsten Anderson and Paul Moran vs. Eamon Wood and Travis Moffat
The US men finished in 5th place in World Group 2 at the 2010 Invacare World Team Cup