Dermot Bailey delivered the outstanding singles result among the Brits in action on Tuesday’s first day of Bath Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament after the British No.3 beat world No.19 Jef Vandorpe of Belgium to reach the men’s singles second round.
Bailey will play 2016 runner-up and top seed Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina for a place in the quarter-finals after securing his first career win over Vandorpe 6-3, 6-4.
The four seeded players in the bottom half of the men’s singles draw are already into the last eight after 6-0, 6-0 wins for third seed Joachim Gerard of Belgium (pictured right) and French second seed Stephane Houdet.
Gerard, the inaugural Bath Indoor champion in 2016, meets Spanish eighth seed Martin de la Puente next after de la Puente’s 6-1 6-0 win over Asif Abbasi. Fifth seed Maikel Scheffers also eased past Italy’s Luca Arca 6-2, 6-0 and now plays Houdet for a place in the last eight.
There were two all-Brit first round matches in the quad singles, with James Shaw (left) and Antony Cotterill producing a thrilling contest that Shaw narrowly claimed 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 to earn a quarter-final against world No. 1 and top seed David Wagner of the USA.
Green sped past de Styrcea 6-1, 6-0 and will now face former world No.1 and former Paralympic quad singles bronze medallist Nick Taylor in another GB-USA quarter-final contest, this time between two of the world’s foremost players who are also powerchair users.
Elsewhere, Sam Schroder of the Netherlands edged another thrilling quad singles first round match, defeating South Africa’s Donald Ramphadi 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Schroder next plays Brazilian third seed Ymanitu Silva and Sweden’s Petter Edstrom will play South African second seed Lucas Sithole for a place in the semi-finals.
All three Brits in action in the women’s singles slipped to defeats, as the USA’s Dana Mathewson beat Louise Hunt 6-1, 6-2-, Charlotte Famin of France booked her place in the quarter-finals after beating Lauren Jones 6-2, 6-2 and world No. 9 Katharina Kruger defeated Fay-Dutfield Horton 6-0, 6-0.
Kruger now has a tantalising last eight contest against world No.5 and top seed Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa.
With all four top seeds among those to have first round byes, British No.1, world No.8 and tournament fourth seed Lucy Shuker opens her campaign on Wednesday against Japan’s Manami Tanaka.
Hunt, Mathewson, Jones and Dutfield-Horton all met in the first round of the women’s doubles, with Hunt and Mathewson advancing 6-0, 6-2 to book a place in Wednesday’s semi-finals against top seeds Marjolein Buis and Tanaka.
Draws and Order of Play