Follow the Brits at the Open de France Super Series

Follow the Brits at the Open de France Super Series

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Gordon Reid and Jordanne Whiley bowed out in the men’s and women’s singles semi-finals and Antony Cotterill finished runner-up with the USA’s David Wagner in the quad doubles at the Open de France. Jamie Burdekin and Andy Lapthorne finished third in the quad doubes

Reid was unable to repeat his recent Roland Garros semi-final victory over world No. 1 Stephane Houdet as the French top seed reached this week’s Super Series final 6-1, 6-2.

Whiley also had a tough time against world No. 2 Yui Kamiji as the Japanese player won their women’s singles semi-final 6-1, 6-0.

With Burdekin and Lapthorne starting the final day of the quad doubles round-robin against Itay Erenlib and Shraga Weinberg, the Israel duo sealed a 6-2, 6-3 win. Cotterill and Wagner had a walkover against Burdekin and Lapthorne to claim runners-up honours.

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Gordon Reid booked his place in his third Super Series men’s singles semi-final of 2016 as the fourth day of the BNP Paribas Open de France came to an end. Reid and Jordanne Whiley both have singles semi-finals on Saturday’s penultimate day of competition.

Third seed Reid beat Dutch world No.9 Maikel Scheffers 6-4, 6-4 and will now face world No.1 Stephane Houdet for a place in the men’s final. Houdet secured a 6-1, 6-3 win over British No.2 Alfie Hewett, ending prospects of an all-British semi-final and the guarantee of having a Brit in Sunday’s men’s final.

Later in the day Hewett and Reid came from 3-0 down in the second set of their men’s doubles semi-final against Frederic Cattaneo of France and Belgium’s Joachim Gerard as they attempted to reach their fourth Super Series final of the year. However, Cattaneo and Gerard eventually went on to win 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-3.

Andy Lapthorne made an encouraging start to his quad singles semi-final against Australian world No. 1 Dylan Alcott, but defending champion Alcott came back to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Lapthorne will now partner Jamie Burdekin in their second quad doubles round-robin match on Saturday, when they face Israel’s Itay Erenlib and Shraga Weinberg. Later in the day Burdekin and Lapthorne will have fellow Brit Antony Cotterill on the opposite side of the net when the top seeds play Cotterill and the USA’s David Wagner. Cotterill and Wagner’s hopes of lifting the quad doubles title were dented on Friday when they were edged out in their opening round-robin match against Erenlib and Weinberg 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Jordanne Whiley resumes her women’s singles campaign on Saturday when she faces Yui Kamiji in the semi-finals.


Andy Lapthorne reached the quad singles semi-finals, Jordanne Whiley moved into the women’s singles semi-finals and Gordon Reid joined Alfie Hewett in the men’s singles quarter-finals on the third day of the Open de France. There was also men’s doubles success for Hewett and Reid, the Brits easing through to the last four as their quest for a place in another Super Series final continued.

World No. 4 Lapthorne will play world No. 1 Dylan Alcott for a place in the quad singles final after a mixed day for the two Brits remaining in the event.

Lapthorne took just 33 minutes to beat Jerome de Meyere of France in his quarter-finals, but top seed Alcott proved too strong for Jamie Burdekin, also winning their quarter-final 6-0, 6-0. The quad doubles resumes on Friday when Antony Cotterill and the USA’s David Wagner play their first round-robin match.

Whiley will play close friend and world No. 2 Yui Kamiji in the women’s singles semi-finals after beating Dutch world No.5 Marjolein Buis 7-5, 6-2. Kamiji ended hopes of an all-British semi-final after defeating British No.2 Lucy Shuker 6-4, 6-2, despite Shuker battling back from 4-1 down in the opening set. It was also a tough day for Shuker and Whiley in the women’s doubles as the British duo’s quarter-final ended in a 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 win for the Dutch combination of Buis and Diede de Groot.

Reid beat Martin de la Puente 7-5, 6-2 to book a men’s singles quarter-final against Dutch sixth seed Maikel Scheffers.

Reid is joined in the last eight by Alfie Hewett. The 18-year-old seventh seed had a walkover against scheduled second round opponent Oscar Diaz to ensure the British No.2 a meeting with French world No.1 Stephane Houdet.

Hewett and Reid also eased into the men’s doubles semi-finals after a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Argentinian duo Ezequiel Casco and Facundo Palacio. The second seeds will next play France’s Frederic Cattaneo and Belgium’s Joachim Gerard. However, Marc McCarroll’s singles and doubles campaigns came to an end after a 6-3, 6-1 singles loss to world No. 3 Nicolas Peifer, while McCarroll and Takuya Miki slipped to a 6-1, 6-4 loss to Cattaneo and Gerard.


After early men’s singles and quad singles first round wins for Marc McCarroll and Jamie Burdekin on the opening day of the BNP Paribas Open de France, the Brit challenge at the latest Super Series event gathered pace on the second day of competition in Paris.

Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker moved into the women’s singles quarter-finals as Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett joined McCarroll in the last 16 of the men’s singles. Burdekin and Andy Lapthorne also eased through the first of their three quad doubles round-robin matches, while Hewett and Reid and McCarroll and Japan’s Takuya Miki booked their places in the men’s doubles quarter-finals.

Burdekin will face Australian world No.1 Dylan Alcott in the quad singles quarter-finals after defeating Thomas Huguenin of France 6-0, 6-2. Burdekin was the only Brit not to have an automatic path through to the last eight. The world No.7 is drawn in the same half of the draw as Lapthorne, who will play Jerome de Meyere of France for a place in the last four.

Burdekin and Lapthorne opened their quad doubles campaign with a confident 6-1, 6-1 win over Huguenin and de Meyere. Antony Cotterill will concentrate on his quad doubles campaign partnering the USA’s David Wagner after an early 6-0, 6-0 loss to Israel’s world No.5 Itay Erenlib.

After winning her latest ITF 1 title at the Open de L’ile de Re last weekend, world No.3 Whiley began her bid for back-to-back women’s singles titles with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Russia’s Viktoriia, Lvova. Whiley will now play Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands for a semi-final berth. Shuker defeated Chile’s Francisca Mardones 6-0, 6-1, a win that has earned the world No. 8 a quarter-final against Japanese second seed Yui Kamiji. Shuker and Whiley will join forces as second seeds for the women’s doubles.

Third seed Reid will play Spain’s Martin de la Puente for a place in the men’s singles quarter-finals after defeating Argentina’s Ezequiel Casco 6-0, 6-2. Eighth seed Hewett raced through his opening match against Frenchman Jose Roche 6-0, 6-0. Hewett next plays Oscar Diaz of Argentina. McCarroll was one of the first Brits to get underway in Paris, defeating Abou Konate of France 6-0, 6-0 en route to booking a second round contest against French fourth seed Nicolas Peifer.

Hewett and Reid, second seeds for the men’s doubles, began their bid to reach a fourth Super Series final of 2016 with a routine 6-0, 6-0 victory over  Konate and Kevin Piette. McCarroll and Miki also reached the last eight of the men’s doubles after also being drawn against all-French opponents. McCarroll and Miki beat Jean-Pierre Limborg and Laurent Vicaire 6-0, 6-0.