Jef Vandorpe of Belgium, Dana Mathewson of the USA and Canada’s Robert Shaw claimed the men’s, women’s and quad singles titles as the 2018 Preston Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament came to an end on Sunday at South Ribble Tennis Centre.
Meanwhile, Lauren Jones earned Brit success in the women’s doubles and James Shaw finished runner-up in the quad singles and quad doubles.
With Vandorpe having beaten 2017 finalist Gaetan Menguy in the men’s singles semi-finals, the reigning Junior Masters champion came back from a set own to beat Spanish fourth seed Martin de la Puente 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in the final.
De la Puente booked his place in the men’s singles final by beating his countryman and second seed Daniel Caverzaschi and the two Spaniards went on to combine well to seal the men’s doubles title, defeating Menguy and Martin Legner of Austria 6-4, 4-6, (10-6).
There was another match tie-break as a fascinating women’s doubles final brought the curtain down on the 2018 Preston Indoor.
With Brits on either side of the net in an exact rematch of the 2017 final, Jones and her Dutch partner Michaela Spaanstra opened up a 5-2 lead in the deciding match tie-break, only to see their advantage disappear as top seeds Louise Hunt and Mathewson earnt a narrow 6-5 lead. However, second seeds Jones and Spaanstra regrouped to clinch a 7-5, 3-6, (10-7) victory as Jones and Spaanstra left Preston with the women’s doubles title for the second year in a row.
For Mathewson and Spaanstra, the outcome of the women’s singles final was the other way round. Second seed Spaanstra beat Hunt 6-3, 6-4 in the semi-finals, but she found top seed Mathewson to be too strong as Mathewson successfully retained her Preston Indoor title 6-2, 6-4.
James Shaw went into the last day of competition aiming for both the quad singles and quad doubles titles. A solid effort in the first set of the quad singles final saw Shaw narrowly lose out to his name sake Robert Shaw and the Canadian had much the better of the exchanges in the second set, wrapping up his first Preston Indoor title 6-4, 6-2.
With both players back in opposition in the quad doubles final, the match proved much closer and James Shaw and Sweden’s Anders Hard held a 5-2 second set lead as they attempted to force a deciding match tie-break. However the North American partnership of Greg Hasterok of the USA and Robert Shaw gradually ate away at the deficit and ultimately sealed the title 6-4, 7-6(5).
Many of the Preston Indoor players now move on to Bolton Indoor, the second UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour event in as many weeks organised by the Tennis Foundation, which gets underway at USN Bolton Arena on Tuesday.