Four Brits on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme were in action at this week’s ITF 3 Series Swedish Open in Uppsala.
Lauren Jones won the women’s doubles and was a singles semi-finalist.
Dermot Bailey and James Shaw returned to a tournament where they finished runners-up in the men’s singles and quad singles in 2016. Bailey also won the men’s doubles in Uppsala last year, while Richard Green hoped to add more success to his quad doubles victory in 2016. However, none was able to repeat their 2016 performances.
Lauren Jones claimed her fourth doubles title of 2017 as Brit interest in the Swedish Open came to a close in Uppsala with James Shaw finishing runner-up in the quad doubles.
Quarter-finalists at Bolton Indoor earlier this year. Jones and Italy’s Giulia Capocci won two matches in a matter of hours for their maiden title together. The top seeds firstly defeated Switzerland’s Gabriela Buehler and Marlise Peters of the Netherlands 7-6(0), 6-0 in their semi-final. Shortly afterwards they returned to court and recovered from a set down to defeat Russia’s Viktoriia Lvova and Spain’s Lola Ochoa 3-6, 6-1, (10-8) after a match tie-break in the final.
Jones began the day by facing Lvova in the women’s singles semi-finals but was unable to build on an early break of serve and Lvova advanced to the final 6-3, 6-4.
Shaw also had his quad singles semi-final and doubles final on the same day. Denied a place in the singles final for the second successive year after a 6-3. 6-2 loss to third seed Anders Hard, Shaw later partnered Hard to face Germany’s Nick Nobbe and Dutchman Niels Vink in the quad doubles final. However, Nobbe and Vink proved strongest, winning 6-4, 6-3.
Richard Green’s bid to try and secure a British presence in the quad singles final also came to an end in the semi-finals, Green bowing out to Germany’s Marcus Laudan 6-2, 6-1.
James Shaw and Richard Green booked their places in the quad singles semi-finals during Friday’s second day of play in Uppsala. Shaw also reached Saturday’s quad doubles final as Lauren Jones advanced to the women’s singles semi-finals.
An all-Brit quad singles finals remains a possibility after top seed Shaw won his quarter-final against Italy’s Alfredo di Cosmo 4-6, 7-5. 6-1. Top seed Shaw found his rhythm in the deciding and now plays Swedish third seed Anders Hard in the last four.
Fourth seed Green faces Germany’s Marcus Laudan in the semi-finals after holding on to beat young Dutchman Niels Vink 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
A Brit victory in the quad doubles for the second successive year also remains a possibility after Shaw and Hard defeated German brothers Marcus and Maximilian Laudan 6-1, 7-6 in their semi-final.
However, Green’s hopes of being in the title-winning partnership for the second year in a row came to an end after he and di Cosmo lost to Germany’s Nick Nobbe and Vink 6-7(6), 6-1, (10-8) after a deciding match tie-break. Shaw and Hard now meet Nobbe and Vink on Saturday.
Jones will face Russian second seed Viktoriia Lvova in the women’s singles semi-finals. After leading by asset and 3-0, reigning National champion Jones dug deep to beat Spain’s Lola Ochoa 6-3 7-6(5) in her quarter-final.
After waiting for two days to get her doubles campaign underway, Jones and Italy’s Giulia Capocci also finally begin their bid for the title on Saturday, when they meet Switzerland’s Gabriela Buehler and Marlise Peters of the Netherlands in the semi-final. If successful, Jones and Capocci are also scheduled to play the final on Saturday, too.
However, Dermot Bailey’s hopes of repeating his Swedish Open success of 2016 came to an end on Friday. Runner-up in the men’s single last year, Bailey bowed out in the quarter-finals this time, beaten 6-3, 6-1 by Spain’s Martin de la Puente. Meanwhile, Bailey and Dutchman Carlos Anker saw their doubles title defence come to an end with a 6-1, 6-4 loss to Stefanos Diamantis of Greece and Belgium’s Jef Vandorpe.