Saturday, July 4, 2009

Wimbledon hosting inaugural women's wheelchair tennis doubles


Happy 4th of July to my readers.

Wimbledon, which began holding wheelchair tennis competition in 2005, is holding its first women's wheelchair doubles tennis event this year.

The History

Wheelchair tennis has proved highly popular with spectators at The Championships since the first men’s doubles exhibition was staged in 2001 and the popularity has only increased since the first Wimbledon Men’s Wheelchair Doubles in 2005. The sport is now firmly established at all four Grand Slams. This year’s first women’s event will follow the same format as the men’s doubles, with four of the world’s leading women’s doubles partnerships competing for the top tier of world ranking points in an event sanctioned by the ITF as part of the global NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour. via paralympics.org


The Players

Dutch top seeds Korie Homan and Esther Vergeer will play Lucy Shuker (GBR) and Daniela di Toro (AUS) in Sunday’s Women’s Wheelchair Doubles final at The Championships after di Toro and Shuker beat the second seeded pairing of Florence Gravellier (FRA) and Jiske Griffioen (NED) 64 64 in Friday’s semifinals.

Di Toro and Shuker won the closest of Friday's two matches, the Anglo-Australian pairing gaining an immediate break of serve to go 2-0 ahead and only being taken to deuce once in the first nine games, that coming in Shuker’s opening service game.


via itftennis.com

The finals will be played Sunday.

[image description: Esther Vergeer is shown preparing to hit a tennis ball with her racket.]


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