25 Oct 2013

Phillipson and Shuker cause upsets in Nottingham

Match Report

Photo: Giovanni MinozziDavid Phillipson (GBR)

David Phillipson and Lucy Shuker provided the first the upsets of the 2013 Nottingham Indoor, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, when defeating Michael Jeremiasz and Marjolein Buis respectively during the third day of play at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Local favourite Phillipson defeated world No. 7 Michael Jeremiasz of France for the first time in his career in the men’s singles quarterfinals, the eighth seed completing a 64 16 63 win over third seed Jeremiasz to reach the semifinals of the Nottingham Indoor for the first time.

Phillipson will play world No. 4 Gordon Reid in an all-British semifinal after second seed and 2011 Nottingham Indoor champion Reid won his all-British quarter-final against Marc McCarroll 61 61.

“I’m delighted with the win today. I was playing well on the first two days and playing well in practice and today I felt like I was in a practice session, so I’m really happy,” said Phillipson. “My slice and my forehand were working well. It’s the first time I’ve beaten Michael and on the last few occasions we’ve gone to three sets I’ve been a break up in the final set, so it’s nice to finish the job today.”

The other men’s semifinal will see Dutch top seed Maikel Scheffers take on French fourth seed Nicolas Peifer after Scheffers and Peifer both beat fellow countrymen.

World No. 3 and defending champion Scheffers fought back from dropping the opening set of his match against fifth seed Ronald Vink to prevail 36, 61 62, while Peifer edged out his London 2012 silver medal winning-doubles partner and sixth seed Frederic Cattaneo 75 64.

Unseeded Shuker beats Buis

After Phillipson’s win over Jeremiasz, Shuker also completed an upset when she beat Dutch world No. 5 and third seed Marjolein Buis in the women’s singles quarterfinals.

Buis came from behind to win a second set tiebreak, but world No. 8 Shuker, the 2008 Nottingham Indoor champion, held on for a 63 67(2) 63 victory.

“I’m very happy with today’s performance, it’s one of my best of the year and my first of the season over a world top five ranked player,” said Shuker, who will now play German top seed and world No. 2 Sabine Ellerbrock. “It’s come at a good time and give me confidence going into the semifinals and as I head towards next month’s NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in California."

Ellerbrock, who won the Nottingham Indoor title in 2011, came from 2-0 down in the second set of her quarterfinal against Britain’s Louise Hunt to complete a 62 63 win.

There will be two Brits in Saturday’s women’s semifinals after fourth seed Jordanne Whiley beat fellow Brit Lauren Jones 61 62. Whiley now faces Dutch defending champion and second seed Jiske Griffioen after Griffioen took just 40 minutes to beat Frenchwoman Emile Chene 60 60.

Cotterill wins thriller to set up all-British quad final

Saturday’s all-British quad singles final will see defending champion and top seed Andy Lapthorne face second seed Antony Cotterill.

World No. 3 Lapthorne won his semifinal against fellow Brit Adam Field 61 63, but Cotterill had to battle hard in a thrilling conclusion to his semifinal, eventually defeating Italian fourth seed Antonio Raffaele 46 62 76(3) after being 53 down in the final set and saving a match point.

Nottingham Indoor Latest Draws

Order of Play - Saturday, 26 October 2013