Lapthorne and Shuker lift US Open USTA Championships Super Series titles

Lapthorne and Shuker lift US Open USTA Championships Super Series titles

Five Brits on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme contested the 2017 US Open USTA Championships Super Series in St. Louis this year – here’s our updates on how they fared at the latest even on the ITF UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis World Tour…

04/09/17

Andy Lapthorne claimed his second title of the week by winning the quad singles final to add to the doubles title he claimed on Saturday.  Lapthorne beat Heath Davidson (AUS) 6-3, 6-4 with a really solid performance.  A Davidson fightback looked to be on the cards in the second set when he drew level with Lapthorne from 4-1 down to 4-4, but Great Britain’s World No.2 regrouped well and played two very good games to take his first singles title in two years.

03/09/17

Andy Lapthorne and Lucy Shuker lifted the US Open USTA Championships Super Series quad doubles and women’s doubles titles on the penultimate day of competition in St. Louis as Lapthorne also booked his place in the quad singles final.

World No.2 Lapthorne beat South Africa’s Sithole 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 to repeat his win over the South African in the last four of the British Open and therefore book his place in his second successive Super Series singles final. Lapthorne plays Australia fourth seed Heath Davidson in Sunday’s final.

Three-time Australian Open Grand Slam doubles champions Lapthorne and David Wagner of the USA go into their bid for the their first US Open Grand Slam title together next week in New York in fine form after winning the quad doubles in St. Louis without dropping a single game.

With two Brits in the final, Lapthorne and Wagner beat second seeds Antony Cotterill and Australia’s Heath Davidson with their third straight 60 60 victory of the week.

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Shuker and Japan’s Yui Kamiji completed a thrilling comeback to beat Dutch top seeds Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot in a final set tie-break in the women’s doubles final. Shuker and Kamiji recovered from 5-0 down in the deciding set to win their first Super Series title together 2-6, 6-2 7-6(5).

Shuker and Kamiji will also now team up again for their first Grand Slam together at the US Open in New York.

However, Alfie Hewett’s bid to reach his second Super Series final came to an end against Argentina’s world No.1 Gustavo Fernandez. Fernandez, who beat world No. 3 Hewett in the British Open final, won their semi-final in St. Louis 6-4, 6-1.

Tournament Draws

02/09/17

A Brit is guaranteed to take home the quad doubles title after Andy Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill and their partners duly lived up to their seeding to reach the Super Series final on Friday in St. Louis.

Anthony Cotterill

Top seeds Lapthorne and David Wagner produced a dominant performance to win their semi-final against South Africa’s Lucas Sithole and USA’s Nick Taylor 6-0, 6-0. Cotterill and Davidson faced a much tougher challenge against fourth seeds Bryan Barten of USA and Sam Schroder of the Netherlands, but the second seeded pairing pulled through 7-6(5), 7-5 to book their place in Saturday’s final against Lapthorne and Wagner.

But there was not such good news from the men’s doubles semis as Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid continued their campaign to try and add to the SA Open Super Series doubles title they won in April. Second seeds Hewett and Reid bowed out 7-5, 6-3 and Hewett now goes on to play Fernandez in Saturday’s men’s singles semis.

Tournament Draws 

01/09/17

Alfie Hewett and Andy Lapthorne kept themselves on course to reach their second successive Super Series singles finals during Thursday’s third day of play in St. Louis, while Lucy Shuker reached the women’s doubles final as all five Brits progressed in their respective doubles events.

In a rematch of the recent British Open final third seed Hewett will play Argentina’s world No.1 Gustavo Fernandez in the men’s singles semi-finals in St. Louis after showing great determination to overcome French fifth seed Nicolas Peifer 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Alfie Hewett at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships
Alfie Hewett

However, there will be no all-Brit final at the weekend after Gordon Reid bowed out to former champion and two-time Paralympic gold medallist Shingo Kunieda of Japan 6-4, 7-6(4).

World No.2 Andy Lapthorne faces a rematch of his British Open semi-final against South Africa’s world No.4 Lucas Sithole after beating Mika Ishikawa (CAN) 6-4, 6-1.

Shuker is one match away from a possible second doubles title in as many weeks after reaching the women’s doubles final with Japan’s Yui Kamiji. The second seeds won their semi-final against South African Kgothatso Montjane and Japan’s Kanako Domori 6-1, 6-0. They will now play Dutch top seeds Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot for the title.

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid

Hewett and Reid moved a match close to another Super Series men’s doubles final after defeating American David Eads and Mexico’s Carlso Muro 6-1, 6-0. Second seeds Hewett and Reid now play fourth seed Fernandez and Kunieda in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Lapthorne partnered USA’s David Wagner to a comfortable 6-0, 6-0 win over Canada’s Gary Luker and Rob Shaw in the quarter-finals of the quad doubles. Top seeds Lapthorne and Wagner play third seeds Sithole and Nick Taylor next.

With Brits challenging for a place in the final from both sides of the quad doubles draw, second seeds Antony Cotterill and Heath Davidson of Australia won their quarter-final against Greg Hasterok and Kyu-Seung Kim 6-3, 6-4. Cotterill and Davidson play fourth seeds Bryan Barten and Sam Schroder in their semi-final.

31/08/17

Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett and Andy Lapthorne all booked their places in singles quarter-finals on the second day of play in St. Louis as Lucy Shuker moved into the women’s doubles semi-finals with Yui Kamiji.

Reid and Hewett both eased through their first men’s singles matches of the week, Reid defeating Mexico’s Carlos Muro 6-1, 6-0 and Hewett beating American Casey Ratzlaff 6-0, 6-0 as the two Brits began their respective bids to reach the final from opposite sides of the draw.

Lapthorne will play Canada’s Miki Ishikawa for a place in the quad singles semi-finals after the world No. 2 opened his campaign with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over American Steve Baxter. However, hopes of an all-Brit semi-final came to an end when Ishikawa won a tense contest against Antony Cotterill 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4). Lapthorne and Cotterill both begin their doubles campaigns on Thursday with their respective partners David Wagner and Heath Davidson.

After her doubles victory at last week’s ITF 1 Series Birmingham Classic, Lucy Shuker’s bid for a second straight doubles title began well as Shuker and Japan’s Yui Kamiji eased to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Brazil’s Natalia Mayara and American Mackenzie Soldan. However, as at the Birmingham Classic, Shuker’s singles challenge and her US Open Super Series women’s singles title defence came to an end against world. No.1 Kamiji, who won their quarter-final 6-1, 6-1.

30/08/17

Lucy Shuker was the only Brit in action on Tuesday’s first day of play in St. Louis as the British No.1 made a winning return to the scene of her first career Super Series singles title in 2016.

Shuker opened her women’s singles title defence with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Japan’s Saki Takamuro. That win sets up a quarter-final against her doubles partner this week and world No.1 Yui Kamiji. Shuker and Kamiji are second seeds for the women’s doubles and open their challenge against Brazil’s Natalia Mayara and American Mackenzie Soldan.

Wednesday’s second day of play at the sixth and last Super Series event of 2017 will also see world No.2 Gordon Reid and world No.3 Alfie Hewett begin their men’s singles campaigns against Mexico’s Carlos Muro and the USA’s Casey Ratzlaff, respectively. Hewett and Reid are second seeds for the men’s doubles and face American David Eads and Muro in their opening match later in the week.

Second seed Andy Lapthorne and seventh seed Antony Cotterill also open their quad singles challenges on Wednesday and face American Steve Baxter and Canada’s Mika Ishikawa, respectively, in a bid to reach the quarter-finals.

Lapthorne and Cotterill are on either side of the quad doubles draw, with Lapthorne joining forces with the USA’s David Wagner and Cotterill partnering Australia’s Heath Davidson. Top seeds Lapthorne and Wagner will play Canadian duo Gary Luker and Rob Shaw for a place in the semi-finals later in the week.