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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 July 2006, 17:19 GMT 18:19 UK
Mistry & Jeremiasz reach decider
By Elizabeth Hudson
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Jayant Mistry reaches for a shot
Coverage on BBC Interactive
Sunday 9 July, 1200 BST

Britain's Jayant Mistry and Frenchman Michael Jeremiasz safely secured their place in Sunday's wheelchair doubles final at Wimbledon.

Mistry and Jeremiasz, the defending champions, defeated Dutchman Robin Ammerlaan and Austria's Martin Legner 6-1 6-3.

They will face Japan's Shingo Kunieda and Satoshi Saida in the decider.

The top seeds beat Miroslav Brychta of the Czech Republic and Poland's Tadeusz Kruszelnicki 1-6 6-2 6-2.

Mistry and Jeremiasz, playing in only their second tournament together this season after Mistry underwent an elbow operation earlier this year, looked strong from the start.

They quickly went 5-0 up in the opening set, breaking Ammerlaan's serve twice and Legner once.

Although they let four set points slip in the sixth game, Legner was broken in the next to secure the set.

The grass suits Michael and I as a partnership

Jayant Mistry

The powerful groundstrokes of Jeremiasz, ranked number one in the world in singles, caused all sorts of problems for his opponents and also allowed Mistry to come into the net for some neat drop shots and volleys.

The Anglo-French partnership maintained their dominance in the second set, breaking Legner to go 3-1 up as their opponents struggled to get into the match.

Jeremiasz took control as the match went on, playing a key role to put him and Mistry 5-3 ahead and the Frenchman made no mistake serving for the match, Mistry clinching the win with a delightful stop volley.

"We were nervous in patches but the surface suits Michael and I as a partnership," said Mistry after the win.

"His forehand puts pressure on the opposition and allows me to get to the net and it is difficult for them to cope with that kind of pressure.

"It wasn't a great match but it was a good one to win and it sets it up nicely for the final."

Jeremiasz added: "This is going to be a French weekend - Amelie Mauresmo has won and it is up to myself and Jayant and the French football team to finish it off."

Kuneida and Saida, who won Paralympic gold in the doubles in Athens in 2004, were slow to settle in their first match on grass and struggled in the opening set.

But the Japanese pair, who have already won five tournaments together this year, came out fighting at the start of the second set and took control.

With some high-quality rallies and shots from both pairings delighting the large crowd, they soon levelled the match.

After the first two games of the decider went with serve, the Polish/Czech pair lost their next two service games and despite some nerves, Kunieda held his serve to claim the win.

It sets up a repeat of last weekend's French Open final, won by the Japanese pair.

SEE ALSO
Jeremiasz & Mistry bid for title
19 Jun 06 |  Disability Sport
Mistry claims Wimbledon success
03 Jul 05 |  Disability Sport


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