Brits reach four finals at Open de France Super Series

Brits reach four finals at Open de France Super Series
Andy Lapthorne

Five Brits on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme were in action at the Open de France Super Series. Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett,  Lucy Shuker, Andy Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill vied for the titles at the fourth Super Series tournament of 2017.

Gordon Reid and Andy Lapthorne finished runners-up in the men’s and quad singles finals on the last day of play.

Both finals proved extremely close, with world No.3 Lapthorne narrowly losing out to USA top seed and world No.2 David Wagner  64 46 75.

Although losing out to Argentina’s world No.4 Gustavo Fernandez in the men’s singles final, world No.1 Reid and Fernandez contested a number of close games. However, Fernandez managed to win the majority of game points.

Brits therefore ended the  event having reached the men’s and quad singles and doubles finals.

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Gordon Reid joined Andy Lapthorne in a singles final in Paris after beating Shingo Kunieda of Japan in three sets.

World No.1 Reid’s first meeting of 2017 with Kunieda ended in a 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4 victory for the Brit. Reid therefore plays Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez in Sunday’s men’s singles final as he seeks his second straight Super Series title.  Reid won last month’s Japan Open title and has now reached the last three Super Series finals.

Reid and Alfie Hewett also finished runners-up in the men’s doubles to top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer. In a rematch of the Roland Garros final and the first three Super Series finals of the year, Reid and Hewett came from 5-1 down in the second set against Houdet and Peifer. However, the French duo eventually won 6-3, 7-5.

With Lapthorne already in Sunday’s quad singles final he will be hoping for a better outcome than Saturday’s doubles final. Antony Cotterill and Lapthorne finished runners-up in the quad doubles to Bryan Barten and David Wagner. The American second seeds won 6-2, 6-2. Lapthorne now plays Wagner for the singles title.

Meanwhile, Lucy Shuker’s hopes of reaching the women’s singles final came to an end against Dutchwoman Jiske Griffioen. Second seed Griffioen won their semi-final 6-3, 6-2.

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Andy Lapthorne reached his latest Super Series quad singles final on the fourth day of play in France.

Meanwhile, Gordon Reid booked his place in the men’s singles semi-finals. Alfie Hewett’s attempt to join Reid in the last four narrowly came undone against second seed Stephane Houdet. However, later in the day Hewett and Reid booked their place in their fourth men’s doubles Super Series final of the year.

Lapthorne’s first ever match against Dutchman Sam Schroder ended in a 6-2, 6-2 semi-final win for the Brit. World No.3 Lapthorne now plays a familiar rival, American world No. 2 David Wagner, in Sunday’s quad singles final.

World No.1 Reid dominated the second set of his men’s quarter-final against Scheffers to wrap up a 7-6(3), 6-0 victory. Reid now plays either Nicolas Peifer or Shingo Kunieda for a place in the final.

Hewett got closer than ever before to adding world No.3 Houdet to his list of beaten world Top 10 opponents.  Roland Garros champion Hewett looked like he might repeat his heroics in the recent Grand Slam final in Paris as he forced a third and deciding set against Houdet and then earned a total of four match points. However, Houdet held on to advance 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(6). The Frenchman now plays Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina, the player Houdet defeated in the Roland Garros final.

Second seeds Hewett and Reid had another tough contest in their men’s doubles semi-final against Fernandez and Scheffers. However, the Brits prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. They now play top seed Houdet and Peifer on Saturday in the fourth Super Series final of the year between the Rio 2016 Paralympic finalists.

Saturday’s penultimate day of play also seeds Antony Cotterill and Lapthorne in action in the quad doubles final.

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Alfie Hewett at Roland Garros 2017
Alfie Hewett

There was a full house of five wins from five matches for the Brits on the third day of play in France. Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett booked their place in the men’s singles quarter-finals. They also paired up reach the men’s doubles semi-finals. Meanwhile, Lucy Shuker advanced to the women’s singles semi-finals and Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne reached the quad doubles final.

Top seed Reid eased past Gaetan Menguy of France 6-0, 6-1 and now plays Dutchman Maikel Scheffers. Fifth seed Hewett also overcame French opposition, beating Nicolas Vanlerberghe 6-2, 6-1.

Roland Garros champion Hewett next plays second seed Stephane Houdet of France in the last eight on Friday.

Shuker led the USA’s Dana Mathewson 6-7(9), 6-0, 3-1 when Mathewson retired in the deciding set of their quarter-final. The British No.1 plays Dutch second seed Jiske Griffioen for a place in the final.

Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne, World Team Cup in Sardinia
Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne

Top seeds Cotterill and Lapthorne will play American second seeds Bryan Barten and David Wagner in the quad doubles final. The Brits earned a comfortable 6-0, 6-1 semi-final victory over Sweden’s Anders Hard and Petter Edtrsom.

Hewett and Reid are a match away from reaching their fourth men’s doubles Super Series final of the year. The second seeds dominated their quarter-final against French duo Didier Guiard and Geoffroy Schivi (FRA) to win 6-0, 6-0. 

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Lucy Shuker at the 2016 Australian Open
Lucy Shuker

Lucy Shuker beat world No. 4 Aniek van Koot to reach the women’s quarter-finals as the Brits secured three out of four singles wins on the second day of play in France.

Just a few hours after being awarded the women’s wild card for Wimbledon, British No.1 Shuker beat van Koot Koot 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. It was her eighth career win over van Koot and her second in their two meetings this season. World No.8 Shuker will now play USA’s Dana Mathewson for place in the semi-finals.

Elsewhere, Alfie Hewett’s first match back in France after his historic Roland Garros victory ended in a three-set win. Fifth seed Hewett beat Frederic Cattaneo of France 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. He now plays Nicolas Vanlerberghe of France for a place in the quarter-finals.

In the quad singles Andy Lapthorne made a confident start to reach the semifinals. After his first round bye second seed Lapthorne defeated Petter Edstrom of Sweden 6-0, 6-0. He now plays Dutch fourth seed Sam Schroder for a place in the final. Schroder ended any hopes of an all-Brit semi-final, beating Antony Cotterill 6-3, 6-1.

Hewett and Gordon Reid also made a winning start to their men’s doubles campaign. The second seeds negotiated a difficult opening match against Dutchman Tom Egberink and Sweden’s Stefan Olsson 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. They play French duo Didier Guiard and Geoffroy Schivi next. However, Shuker’s women’s doubles campaign ended in an early loss. Shuker and Jiske Griffioen bowed out to Roland Garros champions Marjolein Buis Yui Kamiji 6-2, 6-1.

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Gordon Reid and Antony Cotterill both made solid starts to their singles campaigns. Reid beat Spain’s Daniel Caverzaschi 6-3, 6-3. The world No.1 next plays Gaetan Menguy of France for a place in the quarter-finals.

Cotterill’s into the quad singles quarter-finals after beating Mitch McIntyre of Canada 6-2, 6-0. Cotterill now plays Dutch fourth seed Sam Schroder. Meanwhile, after his first round bye Andy Lapthorne plays Sweden’s Petter Edstrom for a place in the semi-finals.

Reid and Hewett are second seeds for the men’s doubles. Their first match will be against Tom Egberink of the Netherlands and Sweden’s Stefan Olsson. Shuker partners Jiske Griffioen of the Netherlands in the women’s doubles. They play second seeds Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands and Japan’s Yui Kamiji in their opening match.

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Reid and Cotterill are the first to start their men’s and quad singles challenges on Tuesday’s first day of play.

Men’s world No.1 Reid plays Spain’s Daniel Caverzaschi. Meanwhile, Cotterill faces Canada’s Mitch McIntyre.

Fifth seed Hewett’s in the opposite half of the men’s draw to Reid. The world No.6 will play Frenchman Frederic Cattaneo in his first match since his historic victory at Roland Garros.

Shuker has been drawn to play Dutch world No.4 Aniek van Koot in her opening women’s singles match. Second seed Lapthorne has a bye into the quad singles quarter-finals.

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