Follow the Brits in Sardinia and Bucharest

Follow the Brits in Sardinia and Bucharest

Image caption: Louise Hunt

Louise Hunt has clinched the latest success for players on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme with women’s singles victory at the Bucharest Open.

Hunt and Lauren Jones also finished as women’s doubles runners-up.

Alfie Hewett  bowed out in the men’s singles at the ITF 1 Sardinia Open after a fine semi-final performance, while Antony Cotterill finished runner-up in the quad doubles.

Bucharest Open


Louise Hunt claimed her second singles title of 2016 after a hard won 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 victory over American second seed Kaitlyn Verfuerth in the women’s singles final in Bucharest. Hunt and Lauren Jones completed the tournament as runners-up in the women’s doubles after another close final. Hunt and Jones finished runners-up to Turkey’s Busra Un and Verfuerth, who took the title 6-0, 4-6, 11-9 after a deciding match tie-break.


British No. 3 Louise Hunt reached her second women’s singles final of 2016 after beating third seed Lola Ochoa of Spain 6-2, 6-0 in their semi-final in Bucharest. Top seed Hunt will play American second seed Kaitlyn Verfuerth in Sunday’s final. Hunt and Lauren Jones later booked their place in the women’s doubles final after defeating Danish duo Malene Olesen and Louise Willersley-Olsen 6-2, 6-2. Hunt and Jones play the second second seeds, Turkey’s Busra Un and Verfuerth, for the doubles title.07/05/16


Louise Hunt progressed to a women’s singles semi-final against Spanish third seed Lola Ochoa after winning her all-British quarter-final against Lauren Jones 6-2, 6-4. Hunt and Jones, top seeds for the women’s doubles, have a bye through to the semi-finals.


With Louise Hunt and Lauren Jones contesting the women’s singles and doubles in Romania, they will meet in an all-British singles quarter-final. Jones opened her account by defeating Sweden’s Rebecka Bellander 6-4, 6-0, setting up the last eight contest against top seed Hunt, who had a first round bye.

Bucharest Open Draws

Sardinia Open


Alfie Hewett produced a fine performance in his men’s singles semi-final to take world No.1 Stephane Houdet to a third and deciding set for the first time in three career meetings. After having his first set points at 5-2 in the first set, Hewett finally took the opener and he continued to make life difficult for the top seed before Houdet eventually prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Hewett and Francesc Tur had to withdraw ahead of their scheduled men’s doubles semi-final.

There was another closer conclusion to the quad doubles final for Antony Cotterill, but Coterill and Itay Erenlib of Israel narrowly missed out on the title after USA’s Bryan and Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva edged  a deciding match tie-break 10-8.


British No.2 Hewett is into the men’s singles and doubles semi-finals in Sardinia, while Cotterill is into the quad doubles final.

Fourth seed Hewett face world No.1 Stephane Houdet of France in the men’s singles semi-finals after successive 6-0, 6-0 wins over Italians Davide Nevola and Mario Cabras and a 6-4, 6-2 quarter-final victory over Belgian Mike Denayer.

Hewett and Spain’s Francesc Tur have also secured two straight sets wins to the reach the last four of the men’s doubles. The third seeds now faced French top seeds Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.

Cotterill’s paired up with Itay Erenlib of Israel to reach the final of the quad doubles. After a first round bye Cotterill and Erenlib defeated Italy’s Alfredo di Cosmo and American Greg Hasterok 6-0, 6-3. The top seeds will now play the USA’s Bryan Barten and Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva for the title.

After a bye into the quarter-finals of the quad singles Cotterill opened his campaign in Sardinia by taking the opening set of his last eight match against Dorrie Timmermans-van Hall of the Netherlands before Timmerman-van Hall had to retire with Cotterill leading 6-2, 1-0. However, Cotterill’s singles challenge came to an end in the last four after a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Italy’s Alberto Corradi.

Sardinia Open Draws