Gordon Reid and Lucy Shuker earned a clean sweep of all three titles they contested at the Korea Open after claiming the men’s and women’s singles finals on Saturday’s last day of play at the Olympic Park in Seoul.
With Reid just focusing on the men’s singles this week in Seoul, the world No.5 and top seed dominated his final to beat Japanese second seed Takashi Sanada 6-0, 6-0 for his first singles title of 2018.
“I’m very pleased with the performance today against a top level opponent. I played positively and was clinical throughout the match. It’s great preparation for the start of a busy summer season,” said Reid, who will now bid to defend his Japan Open men’s singles title in Iizuka from Monday.
After claiming her third Korea Open women’s doubles title on Friday, Shuker sealed her second women’s singles title in Seoul, the 2015 champion beating her doubles partner and second seed Giulia Capocci of Italy 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to ensure she leaves Seoul as a double champion for the second time in four years.
“It’s been a really good week here in Seoul. I have been working on a few things with my coach Luke Mulvihill, who’s been here with me this week and it’s really good to put those things into practice and come away with some good results and the title. It’s certainly good preparation for next week’s Japan Open,” said Shuker, who has now won back-to-back singles titles after triumphing at last month’s Israel Open.
While Reid will now set about trying to defend the Japan Open men’s singles title, Shuker goes to Iizuka aiming to try and make it four Super Series doubles titles in succession since last September. Reid and Shuker will be joined in Iizuka by fellow Tennis Foundation Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programne members Alfie Hewett and Antony Cotterill.
Lucy Shuker claimed her third Korea Open women’s doubles title on Friday as Gordon Reid joined Shuker in Saturday’s singles finals in Seoul.
Shuker partnered Giulia Capocci of Italy to victory, the top seeds beating Ju-Youn Park of Korea and Manami Tanaka of Japan 6-1, 7-6(3) as Shuker added to her previous doubles titles in Seoul in 2012 and 2015. Shuker is now unbeaten in four successive doubles events and in a total of 14 doubles matches since mid-march.
With Shuker already through to play Capocci in Saturday’s women’s singles final, Reid made the most of his opportunity to reach a second Korea Open men’s singles final. Runner-up in 2012, Reid’s first return to Seoul since then saw the world No.5 and top seed defeat Australian fourth seed Ben Weekes 6-4, 6-4 in his semi-final. Reid will now play Japanese second seed Takashi Sanada in the final.
Lucy Shuker reached the women’s singles and doubles finals on Thursday at the Korea Open as Gordon Reid advanced to the men’s singles semi-finals.
Shuker, the 2015 champion in Seoul, will bid for her second Korea Open women singles title after beating Japanese third seed Manami Tanaka 6-4, 6-4 in her semi-final. The British No.1 and top seed plays her doubles partner and second seed Giulia Capocci of Italy in the final.
As well as winning the women’s singles and doubles titles in 2015 Shuker also won the women’s doubles title at the 2012 Korea Open. She will bid for her third doubles crown at the ITF 1 Series event after partnering Capocci to win their semi-final against Japan’s Yumiko Inoue and Saki Takamuro 6-0, 6-1. Shuker and Capocci play the second seeds, Ju-Youn Park of Korea and Tanaka in the final.
Reid, runner-up in the men’s singles at the 2012 Korea Open, will play Australian fourth seed Ben Weekes for a place in this year’s final. Top seed Reid beat eighth seed Satoshi Saida of Japan 6-1, 7-6(3) in Thursday’s quarter-finals.
But it was a tough day for Antony Cotterill, who saw his quad singles and quad doubles challenges come to an end. Cotterill bowed out of the quad singles against world No.1 David Wagner 6-0, 6-0 in the quarter-finals. Cotterill and Lucas Sithole of South Africa’s quad doubles challenged ended in the semi-finals as Japanese duo Shota Kawano and Mitsutero Moroishi advanced 6-3, 6-0.
Gordon Reid, Lucy Shuker and Antony Cotterill made it a full house of four wins in four matches as the British challenge got underway at the Korea Open on Wednesday.
Shuker raced into the women’s singles semi-finals as Reid and Cotterill secured their places in the men’s and quad singles quarter-finals, respectively.
After her first round bye top seed Shuker opened her bid for a second Korea Open women’s singles title by beating Korea’s In Kyung Han 6-1, 6-0. Shuker plays Japanese third seed Manami Tanaka for a place in the final.
Reid, also top seed for the men’s singles, faces Japanese eighth seed Satoshi Saida in the quarter-finals after powering to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Myung-Ho Bae of Korea.
Cotterill made it a clean sweep for the Brits in singles events on the day when he outlasted the USA’s Greg Hasterok to advance 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. Cotterill will now play USA top seed and world No.1 David Wagner for a place in the quad singles semi-finals.
Cotterill made it two wins in a day when partnering Lucas Sithole to a place in the quad doubles semi-finals. Second seeds Cotterill and Sithole beat the all-Korean partnership of Kyu-Seung Kim and Myung Je Kim 6-3, 6-0 and next play Japan’s Shota Kawano and Mitsuteru Moroishi for a place in the final.
Reid and Shuker are top seeds, respectively for the men’s and women’s singles. While Cotterill has just missed on a seeding for the quad singles he is also drawn in the top half of the draw for his singles challenge.
Reid sits out the men’s doubles, but Shuker and Italy’s Giulia Capocci are top seeds for the women’s doubles. Cotterill pairs up with South Africa’s Lucas Sithole for the quad doubles, with the duo beginning the event as second seeds.]