Hewett and Shuker clinch Cajun Classic Super Series titles

Hewett and Shuker clinch Cajun Classic Super Series titles
Alfie Hewett

Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid, Lucy Shuker, Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne contested this week’s Cajun Classic Super Series in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Hewett successfully retained his men’s singles title to claim the first Super Series singles title of his career. Shuker also won the women’s doubles title alongside Diede de Groot of the Netherlands for her the British No.1s third Super Series doubles title in succession.

READ MORE: Hewett claims first Super Series singles title at Cajun Classic as Shuker wins doubles

Lapthorne finished runner-up in Saturday’s quad singles and Cotterill and Lapthorne were also runners-up in the quad doubles.

A regular fixture for players on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme, the Cajun Classic has Super Series status for the first time this year, making it one of six of the most important tournaments outside of the four Grand Slams.

25/04/18

Alfie Hewett and Lucy Shuker maintain the Brit challenge for a Cajun Classic Super Series title going into Sunday’s final day in Baton Rouge after Hewett booked his place in the men’s singles final and Shuker partnered Diede de Groot to the women’s doubles final.

Andy Lapthorne was runner-up in the quad singles on Saturday’s penultimate day of play, with Atony Cotterill and Lapthorne also finishing runners-up in the quad doubles. World No.2 Lapthorne met an in-form Dylan Alcott in the quad singles final, which the Australian third seeds won 6-0, 6-2. Cotterill and Lapthorne later made a solid start to the quad doubles final, but the Australian third seeds Alcott and Heath Davison came back to take the title 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

World No.1 Hewett produced a solid performance in windy conditions to beat world No. 3 ranked Frenchman Stephane Houdet 6-3, 6-4 in his men’s single semi-final and keep his Cajun Classic title defence alive. Hewett plays Japan’s world No. 4 Shingo Kunieda in Sunday’s final after Kunieda ended prospects of a first all-Brit Super Series men’s singles final when he beat Gordon Reid 6-2, 6-2.

Diede de Groot and Lucy Shuker at Surbiton Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Diede de Groot and Lucy Shuker

Shuker and her Dutch partner de Groot take an unbeaten record into Sunday’s women’s doubles final against Dutch top seeds Marjolein Buis and Aniek van Koot. Second seeds Shuker and de Groot, champions at last week’s ITF 1 Georgia Open, beat third seeds Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany and Charlotte Famin of France 6-3, 6-2 in Saturday’s semi-finals.

Hewett and Reid’s hopes of adding another men’s doubles Super Series title to their impressive list of achievements came to an end in the semi-finals in Baton Rouge, despite a bright start. Hewett and Reid had match points in the second set against Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez and Kunieda, but fourth seeds Fernandez and Kunieda came back to win 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-4.

Antony Cotterill’s hopes of leaving Baton Rouge on a winning note also came to an end when the USA’s Bryan Barten won their quad consolation singles final 7-5, 6-1.

Tournament Draws

24/03/18

Andy Lapthorne booked his place in his fourth Cajun Classic quad singles final on Friday in Baton Rouge as Brits secured a full house of wins on the fourth day of Super Series competition, All five Brits remain in title contention in either singles or doubles.

Antony Cotterill and Lapthorne also reached the quad doubles final, while Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid booked their place in the men’s doubles semi-finals and Lucy Shuker and Diede de Groot reached the women’s doubles semi-finals.

World No.2 Lapthorne battled to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 semi-final victory over Japanese world No.8 Mitsuteru Moroishi. After finishing runner-up in the last three Cajun Classic quad singles finals Lapthorne now faces world No.3 ranked Australian Dylan Alcott in Saturday’s final.

Anony Cotterill at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships
Antony Cotterill

Later in the day Cotterill and Lapthorne bid to complete a successful title defence in the quad doubles. After beating Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva and Lucas Sithole of South Africa 6-3, 6-1, second seeds Cotterill and Lapthorne play Australian third seeds Alcott and Heath Davidson in the final.

Cotterill will also play American second seed Bryan Barten in the quad consolation singles final after a 6-2, 6-1 semi-final win over Guatemala’s Jullio Rueda.

Hewett and Reid beat Belgian Mike Denayer and Gaetan Menguy of France 6-1, 6-0 as they began their men’s doubles campaign. The top-seeded Brits play fourth seeds Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and Shingo Kunieda of Japan for a place in the final.

Meanwhile, Lucy Shuker and Diede de Groot began their bid for a second women’s doubles title in successive weeks by beating China’s Hui Min Huang and Zhenzhen Zhu 6-2, 6-3. It was Shuker and de Groot’s second straight quarter-final win over the Chinese pairing after their victory at last week’s Georgia Open. Shuker and de Groot play Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock and Charlotte Famin of France, the third seeds, for a place in another final.

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid. in action
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid.

23/03/18

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid moved to within one match win apiece of setting up what would be an historic all-Brit men’s singles final at a Super Series event on Thursday at the Cajun Classic. Meanwhile, a fine performance from Andy Lapthorne also saw last year’s quad singles runner-up return to the semi-finals in Baton Rouge. Antony Cotterill also partnered Lapthorne to make a winning start to their quad doubles title defence.

Reigning Cajun Classic champion Hewett dominated his quarter-final against French sixth seed Nicolas Peifer, winning 6-2, 6-1. World No.1 Hewett now faces another French challenge when he takes on fourth seed Stephane Houdet in Saturday’s semi-finals.

Reid will play reigning Australian Open champion Shingo Kunieda of Japan in his semi-final after defeating world No.2 Gustavo Fernandez. World No.5 Reid reversed the outcome of last week’s Georgia Open semi-final against Fernandez, beating the Argentinian 7-6(6), 7-6(4) after saving set points in the first set.

Lapthorne beat Australian Heath Davidson in last year’s semi-finals in Baton Rouge and this time the two players met in the quarter-finals, with Lapthorne dominating from the outset to advance to the semi-finals 6-3, 6-0. World No.2 Lapthorne plays Japan’s Mitsuteru Moroishi for a place in Saturday’s scheduled final.

Cotterill and Lapthorne play the fourth seeds, Ymanitu Silva of Brazil and Lucas Sithole of South Africa, on Friday for a place in the quad doubles final. The second seeds opened their title defence with a narrow 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 win over the Japanese partnership of Mika Ishikawa and Koji Sugeno.

There was a typically determined effort from British No.1 and world No.8 Lucy Shuker in her women’s singles quarter-final against world No.4 Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany. Ellerbrock eventually edged through to the semi-finals 6-7(2). 6-2, 6-4.

All five Brits are in doubles action on Friday, when Shuker and Diede de Groot of the Netherlands play Chinese duo Hui Min Huang and Zhenzhen Zhu for a place in the women’s doubles semi-finals.  With Cotterill and Lapthorne also bidding for a place in the quad doubles final, second seeds Hewett and Reid play Mike Denayer of Belgium and Gaetan Menguy of France for a place in the men’s doubles semi-finals.

Lucy Shuker at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships
Lucy Shuker

22/03/18

After first round byes Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid, Lucy Shuker and Andy Lapthorne all progressed to Thursday’s singles quarter-finals at the Cajun Classic. Antony Cotterill and Lapthorne will also be in quad doubles quarter-final action on Thursday.

World No. 1 Hewett began his bid for a second successive Cajun Classic title with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Japan’s Kouhei Suzuki. Hewett next plays fifth seed Nicolas Peifer of France. Fifth seed Reid will play second seed Gustavo Fernandez for a place in the last four after beating Brazil’s Daniel Rodrigues 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-1. Reid and Fernandez have met once before in Baton Rouge, when Reid beat the Argentinian in the 2014 men’s singles final.

Seventh seed Shuker plays third-seeded German Sabine Ellerbrock for a place in the women’s singles semi-finals after beating American Emmy Kaiser 6-3, 7-5.

Second seed Lapthorne began his bid to reach the Baton Rouge quad singles final for a second successive year with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Japan’s Koji Sugeno. Lapthorne next plays fifth seed Heath Davidson in the quarter-finals, having beaten the Australian in last year’s semi-finals.

Andy Lapthorne, US Open wheelchair tennis
Andy Lapthorne

Cotterill and Lapthorne will play Mika Ishikawa and Sugeno for a place in the quad doubles semi-finals after Cotterill’s singles challenge ended in a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Canada’s Robert Shaw.

Hewett and Reid are second seeds for the men’s doubles and begin their challenge later in the week against Garten Menguy of France and Belgium’s Mike Denayer. Shuker and Diede de Groot of the Netherlands are also women’s doubles second seeds. They will open their bid for back-to-back doubles titles against Hui Min Huang and Zhenzhen Zhu, having beaten the Chinese duo in last week’s quarter-finals at the Georgia Open.

Antony Cotterill

20/03/18

All five Brits have first round singles byes his year. World No. 1 Hewett and world No.5 Reid are in opposite halves of the men’s singles draw, with Hewett set to play either Kouhei Suzuki of Japan or Carlos Muro of Mexico first. Reid will play either Daniel Caverzaschi of Spain or Daniel Rodrigues of Brazil in his opening match.

After reaching the women’s singles semi-finals in 2017 Shuker is seventh seed this year. Both the British No.1 and her opening opponent, Emmy Kaiser of the USA, have first round byes on Tuesday.

Runner-up in the quad singles last year, world No.2  Lapthorne will meet either Japan’s Koji Sugeno or Greg Hasterok of the USA in his first match of this year’s tournament. Sixth seed Cotterill will play recent Preston Indoor champion Robert Shaw of Canada in his opening match. Both players have first round byes before meeting for a place in the quarter-finals.