28 Oct 2012

Scheffers, Griffioen, Lapthorne win in Nottingham

Match Report

Photo: James Jordan PhotographyJiske Griffioen (NED)

Maikel Scheffers and Jiske Griffioen secured a Dutch double in the men's and women's singles at the Nottingham Indoor, the last ITF 2 Series event on the 2012 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while Andy Lapthorne secured a home British victory in the quad singles.

In a rematch of the 2011 final, world No. 2 and top seed Scheffers avenged in his loss to Britain's Gordon Reid in a last year's three hour marathon as the Dutchman secured his third Nottingham Indoor title 62 64 to add to his previous victories in 2007 and 2009.

Scheffers broke Reid's serve in the first two games of this year's title decider and the world No. 8 ranked British second seed was only able to win the third and sixth games of the opening set.

However, Reid made a better start to the second set and won three games in a row to take a 3-1 lead, but with his serve letting him down at key moments Reid was unable to sustain his comeback and Scheffers went on to win five of the last six games.

“After last year I was expecting another tough match. Gordon has a game that I find pretty tough to play against, but today I started well and even when he came back in the second set I kept my composure to manage to win it in straight sets,” said Scheffers, who narrowly missed out on a medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games after reaching the semi-finals.

Later in the day Reid and Scheffers paired up to justify top seeding in the men's doubles final as they eased to a 61 61 win over British second seeds Marc McCarroll and David Phillipson.

Griffioen went into the women's singles final having won all six of her previous matches against world No. 3 and top seed Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany, but Ellerbrock looked like she might break that sequence as she started much the better and built a 4-1 lead en route to the first set.

But world No. 5 and London 2012 bronze medallist Griffioen secured a double break at the start of the second set and another break at the start of the deciding set before the second seed eventually wrapped up a 46 62 62 victory to deny Ellerbrock a tournament double after she'd won Saturday's women's doubles final with Briton Louise Hunt.

After both winning their first three quad singles round-robin matches, top seed Lapthorne and second seed Antony Cotterill met to decide the quad title and world No. 4 Lapthorne built up an early 3-0 lead that gave him enough of cushion to take the opening set.

Cotterill secured the first game of the second set, but thereafter Lapthorne had all the answers and soon sealed a 63 61 victory to win his first Nottingham Indoor title.

Cotterill did end the tournament with a title, however, after partnering Adam Field to win the quad doubles. The duo claimed their fourth ITF 2 Series doubles title of 2012 together with a 62 62 win over fellow Brits Richard Green and Ian Payne.