28 Oct 2012

Top seeds into Nottingham Indoor finals

Match Report

Photo: James Jordan PhotographyGordon Reid (GBR)

Gordon Reid of Great Britain and Dutchman Maikel Scheffers will meet in the men’s singles final at the Nottingham Indoor, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, for the second successive year on Sunday, while top seed Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany will play second seed Jiske Griffioen of the Netherlands in the women’s singles final at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

After remaining unbeaten so far after three round-robin matches apiece, Britain’s Andy Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill will also go head-to-head to decide the quad singles title.

Second seed and defending champion Reid came through a high quality and closely fought semifinal against his fellow Briton and fifth seed David Phillipson 64 64 to book his place in the men’s singles final.

Meanwhile, world No. 2 Scheffers cruised through the opening set of his semifinal against British third seed Marc McCarroll without dropping game. However, after taking a comfort break at the end of the first set McCarroll came back strongly in the second set. The Briton led 3-2 before Scheffers won the next two games, but McCarroll kept pace with the top seed before Scheffers finally won the last two games to wrap up a 60 75 victory.

Based on the 2011, final which saw Reid secure his second career win over Scheffers 76 67 76 after more than three hours, another epic encounter could be in store in this year’s final, but Scheffers has won all three of their matches this season, including a tight three set match at the Pensacola Open and a 63 63 quarterfinal victory at the London 2012 Paralympics.

Top seeds Reid and Scheffers will meet second seeds McCarroll and Phillipson in the men’s doubles final. Reid and Scheffers beat another Anglo-Dutch partnership in the semifinals when they beat Alfie Hewett and Rody de Bie 61 60. McCarroll and Phillipson won their semifinal against unseeded opponents Dermot Bailey and Dan Wallin 63 61.

Ellerbrock to face Griffioen after winning doubles title

Both women’s singles semifinals produced comfortable victories for Ellerbrock and Griffioen against British opponents.

Defending champion and world  No.3 Ellerbrock beat 2010 Nottingham Indoor champion and third seed Jordanne Whiley 62 60, with world No. 5 Griffioen, the 2005 Nottingham Indoor champion, defeating fourth seed Louise Hunt 61 60.

Despite Ellerbrock currently being the higher ranked of the two players, she has yet to beat Griffioen in six meetings, although they went to three sets for the first time at this year’s Florida Open.

Later on the penultimate day of this week’s ITF 2 Series tournament Ellerbrock paired up with Hunt to win the women’s doubles title. The top seeds eased past second seeds Lauren Jones and Whiley 6-0, 6-2.

Lapthorne and Cotterill set up quad singles decider

Top seed and world No. 4 Lapthorne dominated this third quads singles round-robin match of the week and despite dropping the first game against Richard Green he went on to win the next 12 games to seal a 61 60 victory.

Meanwhile, Cotterill also made it three wins from three matches this week after defeating Green by the same 61 60 score later in the day.

Cotterill and Field will bid to add to their collection of ITF 2 Series doubles titles this season when they play Green and Ian Payne in the quad doubles final.