Finalists decided at Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

Finalists decided at Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

Image caption: Lucy Shuker

Lucy Shuker will aim to secure a home singles title on Saturday’s last day of Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament at USN Bolton Arena.

The world No.8 ranked Brit will play Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands in the women’s singles final after pairing up with Buis to claim the women’s doubles title.

Sweden’s Stefan Olsson and Japan’s Takuya Miki will contest the men’s singles final, while Sam Schroder of the Netherlands and Shraga Weinberg of Israel will meet in the quad singles final, having also already won the quad doubles title on Friday’s penultimate day of competition.

Lucy Shuker and Marjolein Buis, 2017 Bolton Indoor women's doubles champions
Lucy Shuker and Marjolein Buis

Shuker beat French sixth seed Charlotte Famin 6-2, 7-5 to reach her second women’s singles final at the ITF 2 event in Bolton and will now bid to go one better than when finishing runner-up in 2014.

Second seed Shuker will face 2016 runner-up Buis in Saturday’s women’s title decider after the Dutch top seed needed to use all her experience to edge past unseeded Italian Giulia Capocci. With Capocci looking for her third win in three days over a seeded opponent, world No. 5 Buis managed to get on top midway through the final set tie-break to advance 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2).

The women’s doubles final was the last match on court on the penultimate day of competition as top seeds Buis and Shuker defeated Famin and Michaela Spaanstra of the Netherlands to lift the title, having also won their semi-final earlier in the day.

“I’m really happy with this tournament. I had two matches against the British girls, which is always tough mentally but I came through that, albeit it a little bit scrappily,” said Shuker. “I thought I played really well against Famin today, stuck to my game plan and executed it.  And then in doubles, it was a long day but, in both doubles matches we played well; a bit scrappy again, but we came through it with some really good play.

Tomorrow against Marjolein will be business as usual, we were doubles partners today. We’re friends off court but we’re both going to go out there to win and I’m looking forward to playing her.”

Stefan Olsson at Bolton Indoor
Stefan Olsson

Olsson, playing in his first tournament since becoming a father last month, kept himself on course in his bid to retain his Bolton Indoor men’s singles title with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Brit seventh seed Marc McCarroll. Olsson’s win ended McCarroll’s ambitions of back-to-back titles in successive weeks after winning the Preston Indoor title.

World No. 7 Olsson will now play third seed Miki in this year’s final following Miki’s 6-4, 6-4 semi-final win over Dutch second seed Maikel Scheffers.

Olsson has two finals on the last day of competition after partnering South Africa’s Evans Maripa to reach the

Shraga Weinberg and Sam Shroder, Bolton Indoor quad doubles champions
Shraga Weinberg and Sam Schroder

While McCarroll’s hopes of adding to his Preston Indoor title came to an end, quad singles second seed Schroder is one game away from possibly adding to his Preston Indoor quad title.

In the quad singles semi-finals top seed Weinberg got the upper hand over Britain’s Antony Cotterill to advance 6-0, 2-6, 6-1. Meanwhile, Schroder beat Germany’s Maximillian Laudan 6-1, 6-1.

Bolton Indoor Draws – Day 4

Order of Play – Saturday, 25 February 2017