17 Nov 2017

Wagner defeats Alcott to lift Bath Indoor quad title


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Photo: Tennis FoundationDavid Wagner (USA)

David Wagner claimed his eleventh quad singles title of 2017 on Friday when he beat Dylan Alcott for the first time in more than two years at Bath Indoor, the last ITF 1 event on this year’s UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Roland Garros champion Alfie Hewett will meet Wimbledon champion Stefan Olsson in Saturday’s men’s singles final, while Diede de Groot will face Sabine Ellerbrock in a rematch of this year’s Wimbledon women singles final.

Rio Paralympic champion Alcott went into the quad singles final against world No. 1 Wagner having won their last 13 matches, including four this season.

However, with the Australian having only played the four tournaments this year before arriving in Bath and his last two matches against Wagner having gone to three sets, Wagner made a much better start to their latest encounter.

Currently world ranked No. 3, Alcott took barely 20 minutes to level the final, but Wagner ensured that he gained the crucial points in the decider for a 61 06 64 victory. The American’s last singles match before the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters brought him his first win over Alcott since the 2015 US Open.

Alcott left Bath without a title after he and fellow Australian Heath Davidson withdrew from the quad doubles final, handing the title to Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva and South Africa’s Lucas Sithole.

Hewett to meet Olsson in men’s singles final

The men’s singles semifinals featured a rematch of July’s Wimbledon final as Olsson took on world No.1 Gustavo Fernandez. A final set tiebreak ended with Olsson winning his first Grand Slam title at SW19 over the summer, but it was the first set of their latest head-to-head that ended in a tiebreak and Fernandez took it. However, Olsson would dominate the next to sets for a 67(3) 61 61 victory.

After coming from a set and 2-0 down to win his quarterfinal against Joachim Gerard, world No. 3 Hewett’s semifinal against Japanese sixth seed Takashi Sanada proved to be rather more straightforward.

Despite a close opening set Hewett built a 4-1 lead in the second set and never looked back, gaining a 75 62. He will now play Olsson for the first time since the met in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

Gerard and Olsson remain on course in their men’s doubles title defence after winning their semifinal against Spanish fourth seeds Daniel Caverzaschi and Martin de la Puente 62 61. The second seeds face thirds seeds Evans Maripa and Sanada in the final after Maripa and Sanada held off a strong challenge from Dermot Bailey and Jef Vandorpe 64 64.

De Groot and Ellerbrock set for women’s singles final

While one of the men’s singles semis in Bath was a rematch of the Wimbledon final, the women’s singles final will see de Groot and Germany’s world No. 4 Sabine Elllerbrock go head-to-head for the third time since they met in the final of the third Grand Slam of the year.

In fact de Groot and Ellerbrock have met at three of this year’s Grand Slams, with Ellerbrock winning their Australian Open quarterfinal before de Groot followed up her Wimbledon win with a quarterfinal victory at the US Open.  

Their latest meeting comes after world No.2 de Groot raced past fellow Dutchwoman Marjolein Buis 60 63. Meanwhile, Ellerbrock wrapped up a 62 76(4) victory over South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane.

Only de Groot can now complete the last ITF 1 tournament of the year with both singles and doubles titles after partnering Lucy Shuker to their second successive triumph in Bath.

Last year’s UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters champions are now unbeaten in eight matches in three tournaments after defeating second seeds Buis and Ellerbrock 60 75.



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