Photo: Steve WylieLucy Shuker (GBR)
British players earned five out of the six places in Saturday’s main draw singles finals at the USN Bolton Arena Indoor, while Dutch top seed Aniek van Koot secured a place in the final of her first tournament since September’s US Open.
Friday’s penultimate day of play also saw the men’s and women’s doubles titles decided as Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid and Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley both benefitted from walkovers after comfortably reaching the finals of their respective events.
Reid and Hewett reached their second men’s singles final at an ITF 2 Series event in Britain in the last year after third seed Hewett won his all-British semfinal against second seed Marc McCarroll. The world No. 1 ranked junior won 64 16 75 to repeat his win over McCarroll to reach the final of the North East Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in 2013.
World No. 3 and top seed Reid eased through his Bolton Indoor semifinal against fourth seed Thomas Vinatier of France 61 62.
World No. 8 Lucy Shuker beat fellow Brit Jordanne Whiley to book her place in the women’s final against world No. 4 and 2013 ITF Wheelchair Tennis World Champion van Koot. Shuker earned a 63 62 win over second seed Whiley, having only secured one win out of five international matches against her compatriot in 2013. Meanwhile, van Koot beat German fourth seed Katharina Kruger by the same score.
World No. 7 Jamie Burdekin remains on course for back-to-back titles at Britain’s first two ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour events of 2014. Last week’s North West Challenge champion led world No. 3 and top seed Andy Lapthorne 3-6, 6-4, 3-2 in their all-British semi-final when Lapthorne had to retire due to illness.
Burdekin will play fellow Brit Adam Field after Field followed up his quarterfinal victory over fourth seed Antonio Raffaele with another win over Italian opposition, as he edged out Alfredo di Cosmo 64 76(4).
Top seeds Hewett and Reid powered past South African fourth seeds Leon Els and Marshall Marsh 60 60 in their men’s doubles semifinal, while second seeds McCarroll and Sweden’s Stefan Olsson eased to a 61 60 victory over third seeds Laszlo Farkas of Hungary and Yoann Quilliou of France. Hewett and Reid were awarded their second ITF 2 Series doubles title together after a walkover in the final.
Shuker and Whiley beat third seeds Louise Hunt and Lauren Jones 61 61 in their all-British women’s doubles semi-final, with German second seeds Kruger and Bianca Osterer defeating French fourth seeds Pauline Helouin and Christine Schoenn 62 61. Top seeds Shuker and Whiley also had a walkover in the final.
There will be an all-British quad doubles final to bring the tournament to a close on Saturday after Burdekin and Ryan Macdonald beat Italian second seeds Alfredo di Cosmo and Antonio Raffaele 61 63. Burdekin and Macdonald will play Richard Green and Ian Payne in the final after Green and Payne had a semifinal walkover following Lapthorne’s earlier retirement in his singles semifinal.