2018 Sardinia Open: Brits win three titles

2018 Sardinia Open: Brits win three titles
Andy Lapthorne

Brits won three titles from four finals on Saturday as the Sardinia Open came to an end with Andy Lapthorne claiming the quad singles title and partnering Antony Cotterill to the quad doubles title, while Gordon Reid teamed up with Belgium’s Joachim Gerard to win the men’s doubles crown.

World No.3 Lapthorne secured his second Sardinia Open quad singles title since 2011 as his first career match against South Africa’s Donald Ramphadi resulted in a hard-won 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory,  Lapthorne also had Ramphadi on the other side of the net in the quad doubles final, which also brought a close finish. However, top seeds Cotterill and Lapthorne ultimately held on for a 6-4, 2-6, (10-5) victory and their sixth career doubles title together.

It was a third career doubles title together for second seeds Reid and Gerard in the men’s doubles as the 2017 Australian Open champions produced a fine performance to defeat French top seeds and Rio Paralympic champions Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 7-6(7), 6-2.

However, Reid was unable to repeat that success in the men’s singles final, with Houdet prevailing 6-4, 6-1.

Tournament Draws

21/09/18

Andy Lapthorne at the US Open
Andy Lapthorne

Brits will contest four finals on Saturday’s last day of the 2018 Sardinia Open after Andy Lapthorne and Gordon Reid won their respective quad singles and men’s singles semi-finals on Friday and Reid partnered Joachim Gerard to victory in their men’s doubles semi-final.

World No.2 Lapthorne will contest his second Sardinoa Open quad singles final after the 201 champion defeated Sam Schroder of the Netherlands 7-5, 6-3 in the last four this year. Top seed Lapthorne now plays South Africa’s Donald Ramphadi for the title.

Reid produced an impressive men’s singles semi-final performance to defeat world No.8 Nicolas Peifer 7-5, 6-0. World No.5 Reid faces French opposition once more in the final when he plays top seed and world No.4 Stephane Houdet, the defending champion.

With Antony Cotterill and Lapthorne already into the quad doubles final, second seeds Reid and Gerard eased past their men’s doubles semi-final opponents Daniel Caverzaschi and Takashi Sanada 6-1, 6-1. They play top seeds Houdet and Peifer in Saturday’s final.

Tournament Draws

20/09/18

Gordon Reid in action
Gordon Reid

Gordon Reid and Andy Lapthorne made singles and doubles progress on Thursday’s third day of play in Alghero, with both players winning through to Friday’s singles semi-finals and Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill ensuring an all-Brit presence in the quad doubles final.

World No.5 Reid will play Nicolas Peifer of France for a place in the men’s singles final after racing past Spanish seventh seed Dani Caverzaschi 6-3, 6-0 in Thursday’s quarter-finals.

World No.3 Lapthorne faces unseeded Dutchman Sam Schroder for a place in the quad singles final. Top seed Lapthorne was even more dominant than Reid, defeating experienced Italian Antonio Raffaele 6-1, 6-0 in his quarter-final.

Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne in action
Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne

The last time Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne teamed up in Sardinia they secured the 2017 BNP Paribas World Team Cup quad title for Great Britain, winning the deciding doubles rubber in the final.

The top-seeded duo continued their winning partnership in Alghero with a 7-5, 7-5 semi-final win over Italy’s Ivano Boriva and Japan’s Koji Sugeno. Cotterill and Lapthorne will meet South African duo Donald Ramphadi and Lucas Sithole in the final.

Reid and Belgium’s Joachim Gerard also made comfortable progress to the men’s doubles semi-finals after defeating Italy’s Luca Arca and Stefanos Diamantis of Greece 6-0, 6-2. The second seeds face Spain’s Daniel Caverzaschi and Takashi Sanada of Japan, the third seeds, for a place in Saturday’s final.

However, James Shaw and Louise Hunt both saw their Sardinia Open campaigns come to an end in their respective singles quarter-finals. Shaw bowed out of the quad singles after a 6-2, 6-2 loss to South Africa’s Donald Ramphadi, while Hunt’s women’s singles challenge ended in a 6-2, 6-1 loss to defending champion and second seed Katharina Kruger of Germany.

19/09/18

Four Brits will contest singles quarter-finals on Thursday at the Sardinia Open after Gordon Reid and Louis Hunt advanced to the last eight of the men’s and women’s singles, respectively, on Wednesday.

With Andy Lapthorne and James Shaw both seeded and having been awarded byes into the quad singles quarter-finals, Reid beat his second Italian opponent in successive days in the men’s singles. World No.5 and second seed Reid will play seventh seed Dani Caverzaschi of Spain for a place in the semis after defeating Luca Arca 6-1, 6-2.

Louise Hunt in action
Louise Hunt

Hunt opened her women’s single campaign with a confident 6-0, 6-1 win over Sweden’s Sanna Klindt. Two-time Paralympian and eighth seed Hunt now plays German second seed and defending champion Katharina Kruger for a place in the semi-finals.

With top seed Lapthorne set to play Italian Antonio Raffaele and fourth seed Shaw taking on South Africa’s Donald Ramphadi as both Brits bid to progress to the quad singles semis, Lapthorne will also partner Antony Cotterill in Thursday’s quad doubles semi-finals. Top seeds Cotterill and Lapthorne face Italy’s Ivano Boriva and Japan’s Koji Sugeno.

James Shaw at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships
James Shaw

Thursday’s men’s doubles quarter-finals will see Reid and Belgium’s Joachim Gerard face Arca and Stefanos Diamantis of Greece. The second seeds opened their doubles title bid with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Swiss duo Herbert Keller and Thomas Suter.

However, Hunt’s women’s doubles campaign came to an end on Wednesday in Alghero when the Brit and South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane lost out to second seeds Giulia Capocci and Charlotte Famin 6-2, 6-2.

Shaw’s quad doubles campaign also came to an end on Wednesday, partnering Italy’s Davide Giozet. Shaw and Giozet lost out to South African duo Donald Ramphadi and Lucas Sithole 6-1, 6-0.

18/09/18

Rain hit the opening day’s schedule in Alghero, where there were mixed British fortunes. Second seed Gordon Reid raced through his first round men’s singles match, defeating Davide Nevola of Italy 6-0, 6-0. Reid now faces a second Italian opponent, Luca Arca, for a place in the quarter-finals.

However, Antony Cotterill’s quad singles main draw challenge came to an early end after the Briton was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Sweden’s Anders Hard. Top seed Lapthorne and fourth seed Shaw have byes through to the quad singles quarter-finals.

Cotterill and Lapthorne are top seeds for the quad doubles, while Reid and Belgium’s Joachim Gerard are second seeds for the men’s doubles and Hunt and South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane pair up for the women’s doubles.

Tournament Draws

Preview

Reid and Lapthorne play their first tournament since retaining men’s doubles and quad doubles titles at the US Open in New York, while Lapthorne and Shaw return to Sardinia for the first time since combining with Cotterill to earn Great Britain the quad title at the 2017 World Team Cup. Reid also returns to Sardinia for the first time since he was part of the GB silver medal-winning men’s team at the 2017 World Team Cup.