20 Feb 2014

Quad singles seeds bow out in Bolton

Match Report

Photo: Steve WylieAdam Field (GBR)

Britain’s Adam Field and Italy’s Alfredo Di Cosmo produced the outstanding results on a fascinating day of quarterfinals at the USN Bolton Arena Indoor as two seeds exited the quad singles and all four top seeded players advanced to the men’s and women’s singles semifinals.

Field produced one of the best wins of his career as he saw off Italian fourth seed and world No. 9 Antonio Raffaele 64 60, but Italian fortunes improved in the other quarterfinal in the bottom half of the draw as di Cosmo edged out British second seed Antony Cotterill 76(2) 76(4).

The quad singles also features an all-British semi-final after top seed Andy Lapthorne began his campaign with a 63 63 win over fellow Brit Ryan Macdonald.  Meanwhile, third seed and last week’s North West Challenge winner Jamie Burdekin opened his bid for back-to-back titles with a 64 60 victory over Sweden’s Anders Hard.

In the men’s singles top seed Gordon Reid held off a determined challenge from former world No. 2 Stefan Olsson. World No. 3 Reid prevailed 64 16 63 against Olsson, who travels to Sochi next week after the London 2012 men’s doubles gold medallist was selected to represent Sweden in sledge hockey at the Winter Paralympics.

Reid will play fourth seed Thomas Vinatier of France in the men’s semifinals. Vinatier avenged his semifinal loss to Hungary’s Laszlo Farkas at the North West Challenge, beating sixth seed Farkas 63 63 in the last eight in Bolton.

Second seed Marc McCarroll and third seed Alfie Hewett will be in the other all-British semifinal after McCarroll beat fifth seed Yoann Quilliou of France 62 62, while Hewett powered past Russian eighth seed Leonid Shevchik 60 60.

Third seed Lucy Shuker fought back from a set down to reach the last four of the women’s singles, recovering for a 46 63 62 win over German fifth seed Bianca Osterer. Shuker now has an all-British semifinal against second seed Jordanne Whiley, who eased through her quarterfinal against French sixth seed Charlotte Famin 61 61. 

Dutch top seed Aniek van Koot and fourth seed Katharina Kruger of Germany will contest the other women’s semifinal. World No. 4 van Koot beat British eighth seed Louise Hunt 60 63, while Kruger secured a 64 61 win over seventh seed Christine Schoenn of France.