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Wheelchair Tennis Day 5 Review: Swedish success story in Quad Singles semifinals

Updated:2008-09-12 21:37:28

(BEIJING, September 12) -- Swedish fourth seed Johan Andersson beat top seed David Wager of the United States in the Quad Singles semifinals, and the Dutch women sealed their supremacy at the Olympic Green Tennis Center on September 12.

In a major upset on Friday, Andersson, who played his first tournament just three years ago, beat Athens silver medalist Wagner 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. Wagner's compatriot Nick Taylor lost his game 6-0, 6-3 to second seed and the gold winner in Athens, Peter Norfolk of Great Britain. This means that the two US players will battle it out in Saturday's bronze medal match, while Andersson will take on Norfolk in Sunday's gold medal match.

Swedes also did well in the Men's Doubles quarterfinal, with fourth seeds Stefan Olsson and Peter Wikstrom beating seventh seeds Robin Ammerlaan and Eric Stuurman of the Netherlands 7-6(5), 6-4.

Dutch women dominated the Women's Singles semifinals, with a sole Frenchwoman -- No. 5 seed Florence Gravellier -- the only challenger to Dutch supremacy. However, Gravellier lost to No. 2 seed and relative newcomer Korie Homan 6-4, 6-2. Gravellier also competed in the Athens Games but said she would not be aiming for London 2012. World No. 1 Esther Vergeer won her 348th consecutive match, polishing off Jiske Griffioen 6-0, 6-1, the first set lasting just 14 minutes. Vergeer had earlier named Griffioen as one of her strongest challengers. The result will see Vergeer meet her other Dutch challenger, Homan, in the gold medal match on Sunday, while Griffioen will fight it out with Gravellier in the bronze medal match on Saturday.

In a huge upset in the Men's Singles quarterfinal, No. 11 seed Ronald Vink of the Netherlands easily beat rising French star and No. 4 seed Stephane Houdet 6-2, 6-1. Vink has lost to Houdet in most recent tournaments and Houdet had been tipped as a medal contender, even though he only took up the sport in 2005. Houdet had been a talented able-bodied player as a junior and has already made quite an impact on Wheelchair Tennis, winning silver at the 2008 World Championships, but he was no match for Vink on Friday. Also in the Men's Singles, No. 7 seed, Stefan Olsson of Sweden, who has beaten all top ten seeds except Shingo Kunieda of Japan in the past year, looked set to pose a challenge to the No. 1 player, but Kunieda won their encounter 6-0, 6-1 in just 45 minutes. In another surprise, Athens bronze medalist and third seed Michael Jeremiasz of France failed to win his game against No. 6 seed Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands, with the final score standing at 6-3, 6-3.

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