14 Sep 2013

British players dominate in Hilton Head

Match Report

Photo: Jeanna CourterJordanne Whiley (GBR)

British players are ensured of a clean sweep of the men’s and women’s singles and doubles titles at the PTR Wheelchair Championships, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while American players have dominated the quad singles and doubles events as this week’s ITF 2 Series tournament in Hilton Head, South Carolina, heads into its last day on Sunday.

It will be the third time since 2009 that British players have secured both the men’s and women’s singles titles in Hilton Head after Gordon Reid and Marc McCarroll and Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley won through to Sunday’s finals.

Lahcen Majdi of France secured the outstanding result in the men’s singles quarterfinals, beating third seed Ben Weekes of Australia 75 75 to reach his fifth singles semifinal of 2013, but Majdi posed few problems for top seed Reid as the world No. 6 continued his quest for a fifth successive title in South Carolina 61 62.

Meanwhile, fourth seed McCarroll produced an upset in the semifinals, beating second seed Takuya Miki 64, 76(4) to reach his first men’s singles final in Hilton Head and end Miki’s hopes of back-to-back ITF 2 Series titles after his victory at last week’s Birmingham Canadian Classic.

McCarroll and Reid later teamed up to win their third men’s doubles title together at the PTR Wheelchair Championships since 2010 as Reid won his fifth straight doubles crown at the tournament. With straight sets wins for both the top two seeded partnerships en route to the final, top seed McCarroll and Reid went on to beat second seeds Miki and Weekes 62 64.

Shuker and Whiley dominate women’s events

Emmy Kaiser won the points that mattered in the women’s singles quarterfinals to beat fellow American Mackenzie Soldan 63 64 as all four seeds advanced to the semifinals. However, second seed Whiley had the beating of Kaiser as the world No. 8 moved into her second final in Hilton Head since 2009 with a comfortable 62 62 win.

In Sunday’s all-British final world No. 7 Shuker will bid for her fourth PTR Championships title in five years after a commanding 60 62 win over third seed Francisca Mardones of Chile.

With Shelby Baron and Kaiser having beaten Chilean second seeds Mardones Isabel-Margarita Aguirre 64 75 63 in their opening women’s doubles match, they went on to edge out fellow Americans Karolina Lingyte and Soldan 64 76(2) to reach the final.

However top seeds Shuker and Whiley ended the American duo’s success as the Brits clinched their third tile together in Hilton Head 60 36 61, with Shuker retaining her unbeaten doubles record at the tournament for a fifth successive victory.

Buck bidding for brace of titles

David Buck maintains ambitions to win the quad singles and quad doubles titles as American players dominate the closing stages of both events.

After second seed Buck beat Marc McLean 64 62 in his opening match, the world No. 13 held on to beat fourth seed Francois Trawalter 7-5 in the third set of their semifinal. Buck will face former world No.5 and third seed Bryan Barten in the final after Barten ended the hopes of his compatriot and top seed Greg Hasterok 63 62.

Barten and David Jordan put in a dominant performance to beat Canadian second seeds Adrian Dieleman and Gary Luker 62 60 in the semifinals of the quad doubles and Barten and Jordan went on to take an early lead in the all-American final against top seeds Buck and Hasterok. However, Buck and Hasterok fought back strongly to clinch the title 46 62 61.

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