Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid moved to within one match win apiece of setting up an all-Brit semi-final during Wednesday’s second day of Bath Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.
While it was a difficult day elsewhere for players on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme, Dermot Bailey and Louise Hunt moved into the men’s doubles quarter-finals and women’s doubles semi-finals with their respective partners. James Shaw also maintained his hopes of victory in the quad doubles for the second successive year.
On the day that marked two weeks to go to the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, British No.1 and second seed Hewett powered past Romania’s Mihai Gaita 6-0, 6-0, while third seed Reid gained another comfortable passage to the quarter-finals, beating Belgium’s Jef Vandorpe 6-2, 6-1. Hewett plays fifth seed and defending champion Joachim Gerard in the last eight after both players advanced 6-0, 6-0, while Reid goes on to face Japanese sixth seed Takashi Sanada.
Aside from Reid’s 6-2, 6-1 victory none of the other quarter-finalists dropped more than one game in winning their second round contests, with Argentina’s world No.1 Gustavo Fernandez defeating Britain’s Dermot Bailey 6-1, 6-0.
Fourth seed and British No.1 Lucy Shuker put up a fine effort in the first two sets of her opening women’s singles contest against world No.8 Kgothatso Montjane. With just one world ranking place between the two players Montjane always promised to be a tough opponent and so it proved as the South African took the final set for a 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 victory.
Top seed and women’s singles defending champion Diede de Groot and second seed Sabine Ellerbrock both recorded 6-3, 6-2 wins to book their places in the semi-finals alongside de Groot’s fellow Dutchwoman Marjolein Buis.
All four top seeds will contest Thursday’s quad singles semi-finals after world No. 1 David Wagner and fourth seed Heath Davidson both defeated Brits. Antony Cotterill was unable to take USA top seed Wagner to a third and deciding set for the second successive match between the two players, Wagner advancing 6-2, 6-1 to set up a semi-final against South Africa’s Lucas Sithole.
Davidson ended the challenge of Britain’s Richard Green 6-2, 6-1, setting of an all-Australian semi-final against Rio gold medallist Dylan Alcott. Cotterill and Green also lost out to Rio Paralympic champions Alcott and Davidson 6-2, 6-1 in the quad doubles quarter-finals.
The last eight of the quad doubles also featured a contest between two British-Swedish pairings, Shaw and Anders Hard beating Gary Cox and Petter Edtrom 6-0, 6-1. Shaw and Hard now play second seeds Ymanitu Silva and Sithole for a place in the final.
With Brits on both sides of the net in the day’s only women’s doubles match, Louise Hunt and Montjane eased past Lauren Jones and Sweden’s Mirjami Olsson 6-0, 6-0. A Brit is guaranteed to be in the women’s doubles final as Hunt and Montjane now face top seeds and reigning champions Shuker and de Groot.
One of Thursday’s four men’s doubles quarter-finals will also have Brits on both side of the net after Bailey and Vandorpe overcame Gaita and Silviu Culea of Italy 6-2, 6-1. Bailey and Vandorpe next play top seeds and Wimbledon and US Open champions Hewett and Reid.
While Mark Langeveld saw his men’s singles challenge come to an end, he added to the British presence in the men’s doubles quarter-finals after partnering Austria’s Philip Fielding to defeat Pakistan’s Asif Abbasi and India’s Manojkanth Somasundaram 6-0, 6-2. Langeveld and Fielding come up against second seeds and defending men’s doubles champions Gerard and Stefann Olsson in the last eight.