Four Brits were in action at the Prague Cup Czech Indoor, the last ITF 2 Series event on the 2018 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour. Lauren Jones and Louise Hunt contested the women’s singles and doubles, while Richard Green and James Shaw vie for titles in the quad singles and doubles. Hunt and Shaw both reached the doubles finals with their respective partners.
The second women’s doubles final in a week for Hunt ended with another runners-up trophy. The British No.2 and Russia’s Viktoriia Lvova, the tournament third seeds and Swedish Open champions in October, lost Saturday’s final to German-Dutch second seeds Katharina Kruger and Michaela Spaanstra 6-2, 6-4.
Louise Hunt will contest her second women’s doubles final in a week on Saturday at the Prague Cup Czech Indoor after James Shaw narrowly missed out in the quad doubles final on Friday’s third day of play at the ITF 2 event.
Hunt and Russia’s Viktoriia Lvova upset the top seeds, Japan’s Kanako Domori and Charlotte Famin of France, in their semi-final, producing a tremendous performance to secure a 6-4, 6-1 victory. Third seeds Hunt and Lvova face second seeds Katharina Kruger of Germany and Michaela Spaanstra of the Netherlands
A week ago Hunt reached the final of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters, where the current British No. 2 and then partner Dana Mathewson of the USA beat Kruger and Spaanstra in the semi-finals. Kruger and Spaanstra booked their place in this week’s final in Prague by beating Lauren Jones and Donna Jansen 6-2, 6-3 and therefore ending hopes of two Brits featuring in the final.
A deciding match tie-break was all that came between Shaw and his Dutch partner Niels Vink and the quad doubles title. However, with the second seeds facing top seeds Greg Hasterok and Sam Schroder in the final, the USA-Dutch pairing of Hasterok and Schroder eventually prevailed 6-4, 6-7(3), (10-2).
Hunt’s women’s singles ambitions came to an end in Friday’s quarter-finals as the sixth seed bowed out to Japanese second seed Manami Tanaka.
Meanwhile, hopes of British success in the quad singles also came to an end after Richard Green bowed out 6-0, 6-0 in his semi-final against top seed Schroder.
Richard Green and Louise Hunt advanced in the quad singles and women’s singles events on Thursday’s second day of play in Prague, while James Shaw booked his place in the quad doubles final with partner Niels Vink and Hunt and Lauren Jones progressed to the women’s double semi-finals.
Fourth seed Green eased past Austria’s Thomas Geierspichler 6-1, 6-1 to set up a quad single semi-final against Dutch top seed Sam Schroder. However, second seed Shaw bowed out to doubles partner Vink 6-1, 6-2.
Both Brits had differing fortunes in the doubles semi-finals, with Shaw and Vink beating Italy’s Ivano Boriva and Alberto Saja 6-1, 6-1. In the final they will face top seeds Greg Hasterok and Schroder after the USA-Dutch top seeds beat Green and Germany’s Marcus Laudan 6-1, 6-4.
Hunt will play Japanese second seed Manami Tanaka in the women’s singles quarter-finals after winning her all-British second round contest against Lauren Jones 6-2, 6-3.
Hunt and Jones both feature in the women’s doubles semi-finals, with hopes of both Brits reaching the doubles final still very much intact.
In the top half of the draw Hunt and her Russian partner Viktoriia Lvova will play Japanese-French top seeds Kanako Domori and Charlotte Famin for a place in the final after the third seeds eased past Chile’s Macarena Cabrillana and Mieke van Chastelet of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-2.
In the bottom half of the women’s doubles draw Jones and her Dutch partner Donna Jansen will play second seeds Katharina Kruger and Michaela Spaanstra in their semi-final after the fourth seeds also earned a comfortable 6-1, 6-2 win over Italy’s Roberta Faccoli and Tanaka.
With Louise Hunt starting this year’s tournament as women’s singles sixth seed and with a first round bye, Lauren Jones, Richard Green and James Shaw secured a hat-trick of singles wins for Brits on the opening day of competition.
Jones and Hunt contest an all-British women’s second round match after Jones made a tremendous start, beating Christina Pesendorfer 6-0, 6-0.
Green and Shaw booked their places in the quad singles quarter-finals. Fourth seed Green plays Thomas Geierspichler of Austria for a place in the semi-finals after beating Italy’s Ivano Boriva 6-1, 1-6, 6-4. Second seed Shaw meets Dutchman Niels Vink after opening his account with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Russia’s Maxim Vladimirov.
Green and Shaw completed the first day of play by also reaching the quad doubles semi-finals. Green and Germany’s Marcus Laudan came through a thrilling first round match to defeat Israeli duo Haim Lev and Shraga Weinberg 4-6, 6-3, (12-10) after a deciding match tie-break. They go on to play the top seeds, Greg Hasterok of the USA and Sam Schroder of the Netherlands for a place in the final. Second seeds Shaw and Vink also play Italian duo Boriva and Alberto Saja for a place in the quad doubles final after defeating Austria’s Geierspichler and Claus-Peter Laisacher 6-1, 6-1.
Hunt and Jones are also both seeded with their respective partners for the women’s doubles. Hunt and Russia’s Viktoriia Lvova are third seeds, while Jones and Donna Jansen of the Netherlands are fourth seeds.