Women win bronze at World Team Cup for second straight year
The U.S. women are leaving the BNP Paribas World Team Cup as bronze medalists for the second year running.
After losing to Japan in Friday's semifinals, the U.S. bounced back to sweep Colombia in two singles matches to win Saturday's third-place match with the loss of just nine games: Shelby Baron opened the tie with a 6-3, 6-1 win over world No. 47 Johana Martinez Vega before U.S. No. 1 and world No. 8 Dana Mathewson clinched the 2-0 victory with a win over Angelica Bernal in the tie's match between Top 10 players.
Mathewson's 6-2, 6-3 victory against world No. 10 Bernal broke a 3-3 head-to-head tie between the two; all four of the American's career victories in their head-to-head history have come on hard courts.
The team of Baron, Mathewson and Emmy Kaiser matched last year's result in more ways than one: Last year, the they similarly swept Great Britain for bronze after losing out in the semifinals. The U.S. women have now placed third in three of the last five editions of the competition, which is the flagship international team event in wheelchair tennis.
The U.S. was also bidding for bronze in the men's competition, but they placed fourth after losing out to Japan, 2-0. Despite the loss, the 2022 campaign by the team of Chris Herman, Jason Keatseangslip, Casey Ratzlaff and Conner Stroud was the most successful one for the American men in nearly two decades; before this year, the U.S. last reached the men's semifinals in 2003 and placed third in 2004.
The U.S. teams weren't alone in supporting each other on the penultimate day of competition in Portugal. USTA Chairman of the Board and President Mike McNulty and his wife, Mary, were in attendance for a full day of tennis, and met with the U.S. teams over the course of a sun-drenched afternoon at the Vilamoura Tennis Academy in the country's southern Algarve region.
The quad and women's competitions concluded on Saturday with the Netherlands quad team and Japan women's team winning the titles. The men's and junior events will finish off the event on Sunday, when the U.S. juniors will conclude the competition in the 7th-to-8th-place round against Brazil.
The finale will be a rematch of their opening round-robin tie, which the U.S. won 2-1 on Monday on the strength of a deciding doubles victory by Charlie Cooper and Maylee Phelps.
Full Results — Day 6
Men’s Third-Place Match: Japan def. USA, 2-0
Takashi Sanada (JPN) def. Conner Stroud (USA) 6-0, 7-5
Tokito Oda (JPN) def. Casey Ratzlaff (USA) 6-1, 6-1
Women's Third-Place Match: USA def. Colombia, 2-0
Shelby Baron (USA) def. Johana Martinez Vega (COL) 6-3, 6-1
Dana Mathewson (USA) def. Angelica Bernal (COL) 6-2, 6-3
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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