Four Brits on the Tennis Foundation Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme were in action this week at the Open de L’Ile de Re and the Slovakia Open.
Open International de L’ile de Re, ITF 1 – Louise Hunt, James Shaw and Richard Green
Louise Hunt’s hopes of a third women’s doubles title in three successive tournaments ended with runners-up honours on Saturday.
Hunt and Italy’s Giulia Capocci, the second seeds, lost out in the final to Charlotte Famin and Dana Mathewson. The top seeds took the title 6-1, 6-1.
Louise Hunt remains on course for a third successive women’s doubles title. Already women’s doubles champion at the Open de Vendee and the Polish Open, Hunt’s partnered Italy’s Giulia Capocci to the doubles final in Ile de Re. The second seeds beat Dutch pairing Mieke van Chstelet and Ilse van de Burgwal 6-1, 6-3 in the semi-finals. They therefore go on to play top seeds Charlotte Famin of France and the USA’s Dana Mathewson in the final.
However, Hunt’s women’s singles title bid ended against Japan’s world No.1 Kamiji. Kamiji won their semi-final 6-0, 6-1.
Richard Green and James Shaw also saw their quad doubles challenge come to an end. Despite a determined effort, Green and Shaw bowed out to second seeds Bryan Barten and Antonio Raffaele 6-3, 6-3.
James Shaw and Richard Green bowed out of the quad singles on the third day of play in Ile de Re. Both Brits played top seeded players, with Shaw beaten 6-1, 6-0 by world No.4 Lucas Sithole of South Africa. Meanwhile, Green lost out to Dutch second seed Sam Schroder.
Shaw and Green move on to Friday’s quad doubles semis. Also on Friday, Louise Hunt takes on Yui Kamiji in the women’s singles semi-finals. Hunt and Italy’s Giulia Capocci face Dutch duo Mieke van Chstelet and Ilse van de Burgwal in the women’s doubles semi-finals.
Louise Hunt produced a fine performance to book her place in the women’s singles semi-finals. Hunt earned a 7-5, 7-6(4) victory over Italian No. 1 Giulia Capocci. She therefore plays Roland Garros champion and top seed Yui Kamiji of Japan for a place in the final.
Meanwhile, James Shaw and Richard Green booked their place in the quad singles semi-finals after beating French duo David Alves Cerqueira and Virgil Silva. Next up, Shaw and Green play second seeds Bryan Barten and Antonio Raffaele for a place in the final.
Louise Hunt, James Shaw and Richard Green are all through to the quarter-finals of their respective events on Ile de Re.
Hunt beat Poland’s Katarzyna Wojccieszak 6-0, 6-0 in her first match. She therefore faces Italy’s Giulia Capocci in the women’s singles quarter-finals.
Shaw and Green will play the top two seeds, respectively, in Thursday’s quad singles quarter-finals. Shaw faces top seed Lucas Sithole of South Africa next after defeating Frenchman Sebastien Jance 6-2, 6-2. Meanwhile, Green beat Virgil Silva of France 6-0, 6-1 in his opening match. He therefore goes on to face Dutch second seed Sam Schroder in the last eight.
Shaw and Green pair up for the quad doubles. They play the all-French partnership of David Alves Cerqueira and Silva for a place in the semi-finals.
Slovakia Open, ITF 3 – Dermot Bailey
Dermot Bailey’s Slovakia Open challenge came to an end on Friday after a semi-final loss in the men’s doubles.
After a long rain delay in Trnava play was eventually switched to indoor courts. Bailey and Germany’s Anthony Dittmar produced a fine effort against Kamil Fabisiak and Steffen Sommerfield and led the opening set 5-4. However, eventually the Polish-German second seeds advanced to the final 7-5, 6-3.
Dermot Bailey and Germany’s Anthony Dittmar earned a thrilling 3-6, 7-6(4), (10-3) first round doubles victory on a mixed day for Bailey.
Bailey and Dittmar play the second seeds, Poland’s Kamil Fabisiak and Germany’s Steffen Sommerfeld, in the doubles semi-finals. However, Bailey’s men’s singles campaign came to an end when Sommerfeld won their first round 7-5, 6-2.
British No. 4 Dermot Bailey contests the men’s events at the ITF 3 Series Slovakia Open, which begins on Thursday.
Bailey plays Germany’s Steffen Sommerfeld in his opening men’s singles match.