Quad team places fourth at 2022 BNP Paribas World Team Cup
There was no revenge to be had for the U.S. quad team on Friday at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup.
With the bronze medal at stake, Bryan Barten and David Wagner were bested by Brazil for the second time this week in Vilamoura, earning them a fourth-place finish.
After Barten and Wagner were beaten in two and three sets, respectively, by Leandro Pena and Ymanitu Silva in the group stage, the results were flipped in the rematch; after losing the first set, Pena rallied to beat Barten with the loss of just one additional game, while Wagner was unable to push his singles match against Silva into a final set—despite a tight second-set tiebreak that extended past 6-6.
The U.S. men and women will also compete for bronze after losing in Friday's semifinals; both teams entered their respective semifinals as underdogs and were bested 2-0 by their opponents, with the women falling to Japan and the men losing out to the Netherlands.
Without the services of U.S. No. 1 and world No. 8 Dana Mathewson, sidelined for the first time this week, the U.S. women were a bigger underdog against the team led by world No. 9 Momoko Ohtani and world No. 2 Yui Kamiji; there was a ranking difference of 95 and 48 places in the singles matches between Emmy Kaiser and Shelby Baron, and their Japanese foes. Later on the men's side, U.S. No. 1 Casey Ratzlaff nearly pushed their semifinal tie to a deciding doubles match, but came up just short in his comeback effort against world No. 6 and 2020 Tokyo silver medalist Tom Egberink.
The U.S. men were competing in the World Team Cup semifinals for the first time since 2003, and will face Japan, led by world No. 1 Shingo Kunieda, for bronze; regardless of the result, it will be the highest finish for the U.S. men in nearly 20 years, since they finished third in 2004. The women, looking to place third in back-to-back years, will face Colombia, which was beaten by title-favorite Netherlands in the second semifinal.
After barely missing out on a semifinal berth, the U.S. juniors joined Argentina, Brazil and Japan in the positional play-off rounds that will determine fifth through eighth place at the close of play this weekend. In an eventual 2-1 defeat in deciding doubles, Charlie Cooper was again a bright spot; the 14-year-old from La Quinta, Calif. moved to 3-1 in singles this week with another straight-sets victory.
Full Results — Day 5
Men’s Semifinals: Netherlands def. USA, 2-0
Ruben Spaargaren (NED) def. Conner Stroud (USA) 6-0, 6-0
Tom Egberink (NED) def. Casey Ratzlaff (USA) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
Women's Semifinals: Japan def. USA, 2-0
Momoko Ohtani (JPN) def. Emmy Kaiser (USA) 6-1, 6-2
Yui Kamiji (JPN) def. Shelby Baron (USA) 6-0, 6-0
Quad Third-Place Match: Brazil def. USA, 2-0
Leandro Pena (BRA) def. Bryan Barten (USA) 5-7, 6-1, 6-0
Ymanitu Silva (BRA) def. David Wagner (USA) 6-4, 7-6(6)
Juniors, Positional Play-Off: Argentina def. USA, 2-1
Gonzalo Lazarte (ARG) def. Tomas Majetic (USA) 5-7, 6-1, 7-6
Charlie Cooper (USA) def. Matias D'Agosto (ARG) 6-1, 6-3
Gonzalo Lazarte/Benjamin Viana Silvetti (ARG) def. Charlie Cooper/Tomas Majetic (USA) 6-3, 6-1
More from the 2022 BNP Paribas World Team Cup
The 2022 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, the wheelchair tennis counterpart to the Billie Jean King Cup and Davis Cup, will be played in Vilamoura, Portugal from May 2-8. For more information, including access to historical records and to follow the event, visit the USTA's BNP Paribas World Team Cup homepage or the 2022 ITF World Team Cup site.
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