Brits win three titles at the Cajun Classic

Brits win three titles at the Cajun Classic
Alfie Hewett (credit: William Greiner)

Alfie Hewett clinched the second ITF 1 Series men’s singles title of his career and Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne won the quad doubles as the Cajun Classic came to a close on Sunday with Brits on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis Programme having won three titles in Baton Rouge.

Top seed Hewett made it three career wins in four matches against 2016 Wimbledon finalist Stefan Olsson as the British No.2 and world No.6 defeated Sweden’s world No.7 7-5, 6-4. Hewett left Baton Rouge with the men’s doubles title, too. Hewett and Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands led Evans Maripa and Olsson by a set when Olsson had to retire towards the end of the second set.

Andy Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill, Cajun Classic quad doubles champions
Andy Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill

In the quad doubles Cotterill and Lapthorne made it back-to-back wins over American top seeds and three-time Paralympic champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner. In their first match against Taylor and Wagner since beating the Americans to win last November’s Doubles Masters, second seeds Cotterill and Lapthorne held on for a 6-2, 2-6, (10-7) victory after a deciding match tie-break.

However, Lucy Shuker and the USA’s Dana Mathewson were unable to clinch their second women’s doubles title in as many weeks as Dutch top seeds Marjolein Buis and Aniek van Koot took the Cajun Classic final 6-1, 6-3.

There were also runners-up honours for Cotterill in the quad consolation singles decider against Japan’s Shota Kawano after Cotterill retired in the third and final set.

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26/03/17

Alfie Hewett (left) reached the men’s singles final as Andy Lapthorne finished runner-up in the quad singles final on Saturday’s fourth and penultimate day of play at the Cajun Classic.

Brits on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis Programme will now contest four main draw finals on Sunday, with Antony Cotterill also into the quad singles consolation final.

On a rain affected day top seed Hewett eventually negotiated the delays to beat Dutch third seed Maikel Scheffers 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. World No.6 Hewett faces world No.7 Stefan Olsson in the men’s singles final

Antony Cotterill at Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis TournamentAustralian Open finalist Lapthorne finished runner-up in the quad singles in his first tournament since returning from the first Grand Slam of the year. Second seed and world No.3 Lapthorne slipped to a 6-3, 7-6(1) loss to the USA’s David Wagner as the top seed retained his title. Lapthorne will partner Cotterill in the quad doubles final as the second-seeded Brits take on Nick Taylor and Wagner.

Third seed Shuker lost out to Dutch second seed Marjolein Buis 6-1, 6-4 in the women’s singles semi-finals. Shuker will have Buis on the other side of the net again in Sunday’s women’s doubles final when the Brit and American Dana Mathewson play Dutch top seeds Buis and Aniek van Koot.

Hewett and Scheffers also pair up for the men’s doubles final on Sunday’s last day of competition in Baton Rouge, when Cotterill also meets Japanese third seed Shota Kawano in the quad consolation decider after successive 6-2, 6-0 wins in his consolation quarter and semi-finals.

25/03/17

Lucy Shuker in action at the Rio Paralympics
Lucy Shuker

There was a clean sweep of victories for the Tennis Foundation’s British players in action at the Cajun Classic in Louisiana on Friday.

The quartet of Andy Lapthorne, Lucy Shuker, Alfie Hewett and Anthony Cotterill all won their respective singles and doubles matches without dropping a set.  The wins mean there will be British representation in at least four  finals this weekend, with Shuker and Hewett in contention to add to that tally as they aim for places in the Women’s and Men’s singles respectively.

World No. 3 Andy Lapthorne comfortably beat Australia’s Heath Davidson 6-0, 7-6(5) in the Quad Singles Semi-Final.  The second seed will face defending champion and top seed David Wagner in Saturday’s final as he aims to avenge his defeat in the 2016 final.

Antony Cotterill added to Friday’s success for the British players with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over David Jordan of the USA in his Quad Singles consolation match, with Lapthorne and Cotterill then teaming up to earn a place in the Quad Doubles Final as they beat Bryan Barten (USA) and Lucas Sithole (South Africa) 6-2, 6-3.  The pair will now face top seeds and three-time Paralympic champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner of the USA in Saturday’s final.

In-form Lucy Shuker also has at least one final to look forward to as she partnered the USA’s Dana Mathewson to a straight sets win over Germany’s Katharina Kruger and South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane 6-4, 6-1 in the Ladies Doubles Semi-Final.  The second seeds go on to face Dutch duo and top seeds Marjolein Buis and Aniek Van Koot in this weekend’s final as they search for their second doubles title in as many weeks.

Double Paralympic bronze medallist Shuker also progressed in the Women’s singles on Friday with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of South Africa’s Kgothatso  Montjane in the quarter-finals.  Having won last week’s Arizona Open, she now faces Dutch second seed Marjolein Buis for a place in the final at Baton Rouge.

In the Men’s Singles, top seed Alfie Hewett reflected that status with a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Brazil’s Daniel Rodrigues.  Hewett now has the task of beating his Dutch doubles partner Maikel Scheffers on Saturday to earn a place in the final.

Hewett and Scheffers will be spending a lot of time on court together this weekend as the pair have also progressed to the final of the Men’s Doubles after beating Korean duo Sung-Bong Han and Ha-Gel Lee in Friday’s semi-final, 6-1, 6-4.  The top seeds now face second seeds Eliphas Maripa of South Africa and Stefan Olsson of Sweden for the title.

24/03/14

World No. 3 Andy Lapthorne comfortably won Thursday’s all-Brit quad singles quarterfinal at the Cajun Classic before also partnering Antony Cotterill to the quad singles semi-finals.

With Lapthorne and Shaw the only two Brits in singles action on the second day of competition in Baton Rouge, Alfie Hewett and Lucy Shuker also advanced to the men’s and women’s doubles semi-finals before resuming their singles challenges on Friday.

Second seed Lapthorne earned a 6-1, 6-0 win over Shaw to book his place in the quad singles semis against Australian Heath Davidson. Later in the day Cotterill and Lapthorne advanced to the last four of the quad doubles after beating American Greg Hasterok and Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva 6-4, 6-4. The second seeds now play the USA-South African partnership of Bryan Barten and Lucas Sithole for a place in the final.

However, Shaw and Sweden’s Anders Hard saw their quad doubles challenge come to an end against top seeds Nick Taylor and David Wagner as the USA’s three-time Paralympic champions advanced 6-0, 6-0.

Hewett and his Dutch partner Maikel Scheffers will play Korean duo Sung-Bong Han and Ha-Gel Lee for a place in the men’s doubles final after defeating young American duo Chris Herman and Casey Ratzlaff 6-2, 6-1.

Meanwhile, Shuker and Dana Mathewson will continue their bid for back-to-back women’s doubles titles with a semi-final against Germany’s Katharina Kruger and South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane.  Second seeds Shuker and Mathewson won their quarter-final against the USA’s Elizabeth Williams and Japan’s Saki Takamuro 6-0, 6-1.

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23/03/14

James Shaw, among the finalists at the National Wheelchair Tennis Championships
James Shaw

Andy Lapthorne and James Shaw set up an all-British quad singles quarter-final on Wednesday’s first day of play at the Cajun Classic as for of the five Brits advanced to the last eight of their respective singles events.

Shaw battled hard to come back from the verge of defeat, winning a second set tie-break before eventually overcoming Gary Luker of Canada 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4. A Brit is guaranteed to be in the semi-finals after second seed Lapthorne earned a 6-1, 6-4 win over Japan’s Shota Kawano.

While Antony Cotterill lost out to world No.4 Lucas Sithole 6-4, 6-0, Cotterill will partner Lapthorne in the quad doubles. The British duo are second seeds. Shaw is also into the first round proper of the quad doubles after partnering Sweden’s Anders Hard to win their qualifying round against the USA’s Steven Baxter and Jose Arriaga of Mexico 6-3, 6-0.

Men’s singles top seed Alfie Hewett will play Brazil’s Daniel Rodrigues for a place in the semi-finals after beating Korea’s Ha-Gel Lee 6-4, 6-1.

Third seed Lucy Shuker faces Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa in in the women’s singles quarter-finals after beating Elizabeth Williams of the USA 6-1, 6-0 in the first round.

Hewett and Dutchman Maikel Scheffers are top seeds for the men’s doubles, with Shuker and the USA’s Dana Mathewson second seeds for the women’s doubles ahead of bidding for their second doubles title in as many weeks.

22/03/17

Alfie Hewett, Lucy Shuker, Antony Cotterill, Andy Lapthorne and James Shaw all contest this week’s ITF 1 Series Cajun Classic in Baton Rouge.

Shuker goes into event on the back of her victory over Dutch top seed Aniek van Koot to win last week’s ITF 2 Arizona Open. While van Koot again tops the women’s seeding in Baton Rouge, Shuker is third seed and is set to begin her bid for back-to-back titles with a first round contest against American Elizabeth Williams.

Alfie Hewett is top seed for the men’s singles. The Rio 2016 Paralympic men’s silver medallist begins his challenge against Korea’s Ha-Gel Lee.

Three Brits on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme line up for the quad events in Baton Rouge, with Andy Lapthorne returning to action for the first time since reaching the quad singles final and winning the quad doubles title at the Australian Open. Lapthorne is second seed in Baton Rouge and plays Japan’s Shota Kawano for a place in the quarter-finals. There is the potential for an all-Brit quarter-final as James Shaw will play a qualifier in his first round match in the same quarter of the draw as Lapthorne.

Antony Cotterill opens his quad singles challenge against South African third seed Lucas Sithole.