27 Oct 2012

Exciting men's quarterfinals in Nottingham

Match Report

Photo: Tommy HindleyMarc McCarroll (GBR)

The men's singles quarterfinals provided the main headines on Friday's second day of the Nottingham Indoor, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while the women's singles semifinal line-up was also completed and the women'e doubles finalists weere decided. But the match of the day arguably came in the men's doubles quarterfinals. 

Top seed Maikel Scheffers and third seed Marc McCarroll both had to come from behind to secure their places in Saturday men’s singles semi-finals.

World No. 2 and two-time Nottingham Indoor champion Scheffers trailed Britain’s Alex Jewitt 4-1 and 5-4 in the first set of their quarter-final, but ultimately found the way to come back and then ease through the second set for a 75 61 victory.

Scheffers plays McCarroll in the last four after the British No. 2 made a slow start amid an inspired performance from Junior Masters champion and eighth seed Alfie Hewett, who took the first set of their quarterfinal 6-4 and then led 2-0 in the second set. However, McCarroll won 12 of the last 13 games to complete a 46 62 61 win.

In the bottom half of the draw local player David Phillipson became the first player to improve on his seeded position after the fifth seed beat Polish fourth seed Tadeusz Kruszelnicki 64 64. Phillipson faces second seed and defending champion Gordon Reid in an all-British semifinal after Reid recorded a 62 62 win over former two-time ITF World Champion Laurent Giammartini of France.

The last two women’s singles quarterfinals saw top seed Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany and second seed Jiske Griffioen of the Netherlands both ease into the last four.

World No. 3 Ellerbrock defeated young Russian Polina Shackirova 60 60 to set the defending champion up with a semifinal against third seed Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain.

Meanwhile, world No. 5 and 2005 Nottingham Indoor champion Griffioen recorded a 60 62 win over Christine Schoenn of France and will now face fourth seed Louise Hunt for a place in the final

World No. 4 Andy Lapthorne made it two wins from two round-robin matches in the quad singles after beating Ian Payne 60, 63, while Payne had started the second day by dropping just three games himself as he defeated Richard Green 60 63.

Second seed Antony Cotterill also remains unbeaten after coming through a much closer match against Adam Field to prevail 75 62.

The first of the main draw finals to be decided will be in the women’s doubles after top seeds Ellerbrock and Hunt won their semifinal against Schoenn and Shackirova 60 62. In the other semifinal Whiley and Lauren Jones won their all-British contest against Debbie Brazier and Val Fisher 62 64.

Meanwhile, three of the four seeded partnerships are through to the men’s doubles semifinals, but third seeds Giammartini and Jewitt went out of the tournament after a tremendous win for Britain’s Dermot Bailey and Dan Wallin of Sweden.

Bailey and Wallin looked to be on course for a straight sets victory after holding a commanding second set advantage over Giammartini and Jewitt, but the third seeds won the set on a tiebreak to force the decider. An enthralling contest subsequently came down to a final set tiebreak, with Bailey and Wallin saving two match points and eventually converting their own ninth match point to record a thrilling 63 67(9) 76(8) victory.