U.S. women sweep Thailand, men beat South Korea on Day 2 of World Team Cup
The U.S. women made a statement on Tuesday to start their campaign at the 2022 BNP Paribas World Team Cup: Led by world No. 8 Dana Mathewson, they swept Thailand in their first round-robin tie at the 'World Cup of wheelchair tennis.'
All four U.S. teams were in action on Day 2 of group play at the Vilamoura Tennis Academy, and the U.S. men also picked up a win against South Korea to stay perfect in their group.
To begin play in their three-nation Group C, the U.S. women lost just six games in six sets. Emmy Kaiser set the tone for the tie with a 6-0, 6-1 opening win against Wadsamon Budpo before Mathewson contributed two points for her squad. In the singles match-up of each country's top players, Mathewson earned a 6-2, 6-3 win against 23rd-ranked Sakhorn Khanthasit, and she and Shelby Baron later partnered for a double bagel victory in doubles.
Singles wins by Conner Stroud and Casey Ratzlaff again led the U.S. men for the second day running in a 3-0 overall victory against South Korea. Stroud kicked off the tie with a 7-6(9), 6-3 win over Han Sungbong before Ratzlaff clinched the team's win by beating Im Howon, 6-4, 7-6(2).
With the tie decided, Chris Herman and Jason Keatseangslip wrapped up the sweep with a win in doubles.
After winning their opening round-robin matches on Monday, the U.S. quad and junior teams dropped to 1-1 with losses to Brazil and Great Britain, respectively. In defeat, U.S. juniors Charlie Cooper and Maylee Phelps matched up against two of the top-ranked junior boys in the world in their singles matches, as overall top seed Great Britain is led this week by world No. 3 Dahnon Ward and world No. 4 Andrew Penney.
The quad match between the U.S. and Brazil concluded early on Day 3 after Bryan Barten and David Wagner's doubles match was suspended in the first set due to rain on Tuesday. The team will again play on Wednesday against Great Britain.
Full Results — Day 2
Men’s Group C: USA def. South Korea, 3-0
Conner Stroud (USA) def. Han Sungbong (KOR) 7-6(9), 6-3
Casey Ratzlaff (USA) def. Im Howon (KOR) 6-4, 7-6(2)
Chris Herman/Jason Keatseangslip (USA) def. An Chiolyong/Han Sungbong (KOR) 6-4, 4-6, [10-6]
Women's Group C: USA def. Thailand, 3-0
Emmy Kaiser (USA) def. Wadsamon Budpo (THA) 6-0, 6-1
Dana Mathewson (USA) def. Sakhorn Khanthasit (THA) 6-2, 6-3
Shelby Baron/Dana Mathewson (USA) def. Wadsamon Budpo/Singkaew Thipaksorn (THA) 6-0, 6-0
Quad Group B: Brazil def. USA, 3-0
Leandro Pena (BRA) def. Bryan Barten (USA) 6-2, 7-5
Ymanitu Silva (BRA) def. David Wagner (USA) 6-0, 6-7(6), 6-1
Leandro Pena/Ymanitu Silva (BRA) def. Bryan Barten/David Wagner (USA) 6-2, 6-3
Juniors Group A: Great Britain def. USA, 3-0
Andrew Penney (GBR) def. Charlie Cooper (USA) 6-1, 6-1
Dahnon Ward (GBR) def. Maylee Phelps (USA) 6-1, 6-0
Ruben Harris/Joshua Johns (GBR) def. Lily Lautenschlager/Tomas Majetic (USA) 7-5, 6-1
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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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