Bailey and Jones retain Sheffield wheelchair tennis titles

Bailey and Jones retain Sheffield wheelchair tennis titles

Image caption: Dermot Bailey

Dermot Bailey and Lauren Jones secured a British double for the second successive year as they retained their men’s and women’s singles titles at Sheffield Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.

Jones also partnered Luz Esperanza Merry to another Brit success in the women’s doubles.

Bailey faced his toughest challenge of the tournament in the men’s singles final, but held on to beat Hungarian second seed Roland Nemeth 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 and clinch his first singles title of 2016 and the fifth ITF Futures Series singles title of his career.

Jones and Merry met in Sheffield for the second successive year, but after Jones won their 2015 semi-final in straight sets, this year’s final saw them go to three sets before top seed Jones clinched her third senior singles title 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.

Later in the day top seeds Jones and Merry paired up to beat fellow Brits Val Fisher and Caroline Macdonald 6-1, 6-1 in the women’s doubles final for their first title together.

However, Bailey and Giorgos Lazaridis of Greece could not justify top seeding in the men’s doubles final as Nemeth and Sween’s Dan Wallin, the second seeds, took the title 6-3, 6-1.

23/04/16

Brits Dermot Bailey, Lauren Jones and Luz Esperanza Merry earnt their places in the men’s and women’s singles and doubles finals on home soil on the penultimate day of play in Sheffield.

On a good day for the top seeded players men’s top seed and defending champion Bailey raced to a 6-1, 6-0 semi-final win over Moroccan third seed Ayoub Ettali. Bailey’s bid for a second successive title in Sheffield will now see him face second seed Roland Nemeth of Hungary, who had a tougher semi-final,  but held on to beat Swedish sixth seed Dan Wallin 6-3, 7-6(7).

After meeting in the women’s singles semi-finals in 2015 Jones and Merry will play each other for the ITF Futures Series title this year after top seed and reigning champion Jones won her all-Brit semi-final against fourths seed Val Fisher 6-2, 6-1. Merry guaranteed that a Brit will lift the title again this year after beating American third seed Elizabeth Williams 6-3, 6-4.

In the men’s doubles semi-finals Bailey and Giorgos Lazaridis of Greece eased to a 6-2, 6-2 win over the all-British fourth seeded pairing of Greg Shea and Scott Smith. The top seeds now face second seeds Nemeth and Wallin in the final after Nemeth and Wallin defeated third seeds Ettali and Marc Francis 6-1, 6-0.

Top seeds Jones and Merry will pair up for the women’s doubles final after coming through their semi-final against the Anglo-American partnership of Deena Webster and Elizabeth Williams 6-0, 6-2. Awaiting Jones and Merry in the final will be Val Fisher and Caroline Macdonald, who defeated second seeds Helen Bond and Debbie Brasier 6-3, 6-1.