Brits win six titles in Sweden and Canada

Brits win six titles in Sweden and Canada

Image caption: Alfie Hewett

Brits on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme won a total of six titles over the weekend at the ITF 2 Series Tennis Canada International in Montreal and the ITF 3 Series Swedish Open.

Alfie Hewett and Lucy Shuker made it a clean sweep of the men’s and women’s singles and doubles titles in Canada.

Meanwhile, Dermot Bailey and Richard Green and their respecting partners won the men’s and quad doubles titles in Sweden, where Bailey and James Shaw were also runners-up in the men’s singles and quad singles.

Swedish Open

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Dermot Bailey in action
Dermot Bailey

Brits completed the Swedish Open with two doubles titles after Dermot Bailey and James Shaw both finished runners-up in their respective men’s and quad singles finals.

After winning the men’s doubles title Bailey was always faced with a tough task against Sweden’s world No. 6 and Wimbledon finalist Stefan Olsson in the men’s singles final. Olsson’s experience came to the fore and he took the title at his home tournament 6-0, 6-0.

Shaw was unable to repeat the kind of performance that saw him defeat former world No. 5 Anders Hard in the quad singles semi-finals and the final ended with second seed Sam Schroder of the Netherlands taking  the title 6-0, 6-1.

Latest Draws

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James Shaw hits a forehand
James Shaw

James Shaw and Dermot Bailey both reached singles finals on the penultimate day of the Swedish Open, with Shaw securing one of the biggest wins of his career in the quad singles semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Bailey secured the men’s doubles title partnering Carlos Anker of the Netherlands and Richard Green clinched the quad doubles title with his Dutch partner Sam Schroder.

Top seed Shaw beat home favourite and former world No. 5 Anders Hard 6-3, 6-2 to book his place in the quad singles final against second seed Schroder. Schroder ended any hopes of an all-Brit final with a 6-0, 6-4 semi-final win over Green.

Richard Green plays a backhand
Richard Green

Later in the day Green and Schroder combined to complete the quad doubles unbeaten in their four round-robin matches after back-to-back victories over two Swedish partnerships. The second seeds beat Mathias Ahlen and Chister Jansson 6-1, 6-1 and Peter Fahlstom and Hard 6-3, 6-0.

Shaw and Italy’s Alfredo di Cosmo finished runners-up in the quad doubles, also winning their last two matches and with their only loss having come against Green and Schroder earlier in the week. Shaw and di Cosmo finished the event by edging Fahlstrom and Hard, 5-7, 7-5, (10-5) and then earning one last 6-0, 6-3 victory over Sweden’s Petter Edstrom and Sophie Fraioli of France.

Second seed Bailey defeated fourth seed Luca Spano of Italy 6-4, 6-2 to book his place in the men’s singles final against top seed, world No. 6 and Wimbledon finalist Stefan Olsson of Sweden.

Bailey and Anker also completed their men’s doubles victory with two wins in the same day. After defeating Swedish duo Lars Jemberg and Stefan Olsson 7-5, 6-2 in their semi-final, top seeds Bailey and Anker clinched the title with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Italian second seeds Paolo Cancelli and Spano.

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Dermot Bailey raced into the men’s singles semi-finals as James Shaw and Richard Green also got their quad singles challenges underway and secured their places in the last four, too. Bailey also reached the men’s doubles semis, while Shaw and Green both registered round-robin wins in the quad doubles.

Bailey eased to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Finland’s Taneli Tenhunen to set up a contest against Italian fourth seed Luca Spano for a place in the men’s singles final.

Bailey and Carlos Anker made a confident start to their men’s doubles campaign, defeating Poland’s Krzysztof Brezyna and Denmark’s Christoffer Holmer 6-3, 6-1 to book a semi-final against Swedish duo Lars Jemberg and London 2012 men’s doubles gold medallist Stefan Olsson.

In the quad singles top seed Shaw will play Sweden’s former world No. 5 Anders Hard for a place in the final after defeating Hard’s compatriot Peter Fahlstrom 6-1, 6-1. Third seed Green also overcame Swedish opposition, defeating Christer Jansson 6-4, 6-1 to book a semi-final against Dutch second seed Sam Schroder.

Green and Sam Schroder made it two wins from two matches in the quad doubles after beating Sweden’s Peter Fahlstrom and Sophie Fraolii of France 6-1, 6-0. Shaw and Alfredo di Cosmo bounced back from their loss to Shaw and Schroder to also claim a 6-1, 6-0 win over Sweden’s Mathias Ahlen and Christer Jansson.

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Bailey was the only Brit in singles action on the first day of play in Sweden as he came through a thrilling opening match to beat Dutchman Carlos Anker 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(1). Second seed Bailey goes on to face Finland’s Taneli Tenhunen in the men’s singles quarter-finals.

Bailey and Anker are also top seeds for the men’s doubles.

Shaw and Green were only in quad doubles action on the opening day and were on opposite sides of the net. Green and Sam Schroder of the Netherlands came out on top, defeating Shaw and Italy’s Alfredo di Cosmo 6-3, 6-2 in the first of four round-robin matches for both partnerships.

Shaw is top seed for the quad singles and, after a first round bye, he will play Sweden’s Peter Fahlstrom for a place in the semi-finals. Green is third seed and also meets Swedish opposition when he takes on Christer Jansson for a place in the last four.

Tennis Canada International

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Alfie Hewett at the 2016 British Open
Alfie Hewett

Alfie Hewett and Lucy Shuker made it four titles from four events as they completed the Tennis Canada International by adding the men’s and women’s singles crowns to their doubles titles.

Hewett became the latest Brit to win the men’s singles title a the ITF 2 Series event in Montreal after the 18-year-old Rio Paralympic silver medallist came back from a set down to defeat Japanese second seed Takuya Miki in the final.

Shuker made it three singles title in three weeks in North America when she also battled back from a set down to edge her American doubles partner and third seed  Dana Mathewson 6-7(2), 6-2, 7-5 in the women’s final.

Final Draws 

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Lucy Shuker plays a forehand
Lucy Shuker

Alfie Hewett and Lucy Shuker reached the men’s and women’s singles finals and both won their respective doubles events on the penultimate day of competition in Montreal.

Hewett wasted little time in sealing his 6-0, 6-1 semi-final win over fourth seed Kouhei Suzuki  of Japan to book his place in the men’s singles final against Suzuki’s compatriot and second seed Takuya Miki.

Shuker moved to within one match of making it three women’s singles titles in three weeks as she came through her semi-final against American fourth seed Shelby Baron 6-2, 6-0. Shuker will also face American opposition in the final when she meets third seed Dana Mathewson.

Top seeds Shuker and Mathewson were awarded the women’s doubles title when the all-American partnership of Baron and Emmy Kaiser had to withdraw from the final following Kaiser’s earlier retirement from her singles semi-final against Mathewson.

Hewett and Miki sealed the men’s doubles title after earning a 6-4, 6-2 victory over second seeds Suzuki and Ben Weekes of Australia.

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Alfie Hewett and Lucy Shuker both posted 6-0, 6-0 wins as they got their singles challenges underway in style in Montreal, while both Brits also progressed to doubles finals.

Hewett will play Japanese fourth seed Kouhei Suzuki for a place in the men’s singles final after defeating Belgium’s Mike Denayer.

Hewett and Takuya Miki eased through their men’s doubles semi-final against Denayer and the USA’s Casey Ratzlaff 6-3, 6-1. The top seeds will play second seeds Suzuki and Ben Weekes of Australia in the final.

Shuker faces American fourth seed Shelby Baron in the women’s singles semi-finals after racing past Canada’s Maude Jacques without dropping a game. Shuker and Dana Mathewson also produced a dominant performance in the women’s doubles semi-finals, beating Mexican duo Claudio Taboada and Rosalba Vazquez 6-1, 6-0. Now into their second doubles final in as many weeks, top seeds Shuker and Mathewson will play American second seeds Shelby Baron and Emmy Kaiser for the title.

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After starting their three weeks in North America by winning the men’s and women’s singles at the PTR Championships in South Carolina, Hewett and Shuker are top seeds for the men’s and women’s singles in Montreal.

Hewett was awarded a bye into the quarter-finals and will take on Belgium’s Mike Denayer for a semi-final place.

Shuker was also awarded a bye and she will play Canada’s Maude Jacques for a place in the last four of the women’s singles, in what is her first tournament since winning her first Super Series title at the US Open USTA Championships.

Hewett and Japan’s Takuya Miki are top seeds for the men’s doubles and Shuker and the USA’s Dana Mathewson are top seeds for the women’s doubles.