26 Oct 2013

Lapthorne retains Nottingham quad singles title

Match Report

Photo: Jeanna CourterAndy Lapthorne (GBR)

Andy Lapthorne retained his quad singles title on Saturday's penultimate day of the Nottingham Indoor, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley regained the women's doubles title and Antony Cotterill and Adam Field also justified top seeding to win the quad doubles title.

Maikel Scheffers and Gordon Reid will go head-to-head in the men's singles final for the third year in succession on Sunday, while the top two seeds will also meet in the women's singles final for the second year in a row after Jiske Griffioen and Sabine Ellerbrock won their semifinals.

World No. 3 and top seed Lapthorne got much the better of the exchanges in the opening set of the quad singles final as he raced into a 5-1 lead. With second seed Antony Cotterill contesting his first ITF 1 Series singles final, the world No. 8 managed to win just the fifth game of the second set as Lapthorne sealed a 62 61 victory.

"It's always nice to come back to Nottingham and I'm delighted to win this title for the second year in a row," said Lapthorne. "The ITF 1 ranking points are very useful going into 2014 and this is great preparation for the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters coming up the week after next."

World No. 4 Reid dominated his all-British men's singles semi-final against eighth seed David Phillipson, comfortably denying Phillipson a second big win in successive days after the local player head beaten world No. 7 and third seed Michael Jeremiasz in the quarterfinals. Reid won the first five games and the last five games of the match for a 61 61 victory.

"I'm very pleased with today's performance. Dave had a very good win yesterday against the world No. 7 and is playing well, so I didn't want to let him take control and play his style of game," said Reid. "I thought I was clinical today and I'm looking forward to another final against Maikel."

French fourth seed Nicolas Peifer came back from dropping early breaks in both sets of his semifinal against world No. 3 Scheffers to level the first set at 3-3 and the second set at 4-4, but Scheffers dominated the closing stages of both sets to seal a 64 75 victory.

Top seed Ellerbrock came from 5-3 down in the second set of her women's singles semifinal to beat world No. 8 Lucy Shuker 62 75 as both semifinals were contested by former Nottingham Indoor champions.

Dutch defending champion Jiske Griffioen was much more dominant throughout her semifinal against British fourth seed Jordanne Whiley and the world No. 3 sealed a 6-0, 6-2 victory.

“I’m very pleased to have won today and to have played at a high level against her after she won the last match we played in St. Louis (in the quarterfinals at the USTA Championships in September),” said Griffioen. “The second set was 6-2, but if felt a lot closer when we were playing , so I’m very happy to go on to the final.”

London 2012 bronze medallists Shuker and Whiley, the 2011 Nottingham Indoor champions, won the opening set of the women's doubles final against defending champions Ellerbrock and Brit Louise Hunt 6-4. Ellerbrock and Hunt led the second set 3-2, when Hunt had to retire due to injury.

The first-time partnership of Richard Green and Lapthorne looked to be on course for an upset in the all-British quad doubles final, but Cotterill and Field rallied late in the second set and dominated the final set to win their first ITF 1 Series doubles title 36 75 60. Cotterill and Field are now set to contest the ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters together in California.

There was drama in the men's doubles semifinals as French third seeds Michael Jeremiasz and Peifer comfortably beat the top seeds, Frederic Cattaneo of France and Ronald Vink of Netherlands 62 61. Second seeds Reid and Scheffers fought back to avoid an upset in the other men's doubles semifinal, eventually defeating the all-British fourth seeded partnership of Alfie Hewett and Marc McCarroll 26, 62 61.