Four Brits on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme have been in Poland and Spain this week for the Wroclaw Cup and Barcelona Open. James Shaw and Richard Green won the quad singles titles in Poland and Spain, respectively. Meanwhile. Shaw and Louse Hunt both claimed doubles titles at the Wroclaw Cup.
Wroclaw Cup – Louise Hunt and James Shaw
The Brits claimed three titles out of four at the Wroclaw Cup, while Louise Hunt finished runner-up in the women’s singles. Already women’s doubles champion with Germany’s Katharina Kruger, second seed Hunt lost out to top seed Kruger 6-2, 6-1 in the singles final. James Shaw ended the event with victories in both the quad singles and doubles.
James Shaw made it back-to-back quad singles titles at the Wroclaw Cup after winning his last match 6-0, 6-0. Shaw retained the ITF 2 title after racing past Poland’s Jacek Wierdak. He therefore ends the week unbeaten in his four round-robin singles contests. Shaw also ends the tournament with singles and doubles titles.
Louise Hunt faces Germany’s Katharina Kruger in Saturday’s women’s singles final.
Louise Hunt partnered Katharina Kruger of Germany to back-to-back wins on Thursday to win the women’s doubles title in Poland. Hunt and James Shaw have therefore won the women’s doubles and quad doubles titles so far. Both players now have one singles match apiece remaining as they aim to add to their doubles successes.
Hunt and Kruger beat Lucyna Mietrkiewicz and Ladislava Porizkova 6-0, 6-1 in their first doubles match. Hunt has already beaten both the Polish and Czech Republic players en route to the women’s singles final.
In their second round-robin doubles match Hunt and Kruger defeated Latvia’s Zanete Vasaraudze and Denmark’s Louise Willerslev-Olsen 6-0, 6-2 to clinch the doubles title.
With the quad doubles title secured, Shaw won the the third of his four round-robin singles matches with ease. He defeated India’s Harry Boniface Prabhu 6-1, 6-0 for his third win in three matches. Shaw now plays Poland’s Jacek Wierdak in his last match of the week.
Louise Hunt and James Shaw have won their opening two singles matches in Poland with Hunt reaching the women’s singles final.
Second seed Hunt’s beaten Lucyna Mietrkiewicz of Poland 6-1, 6-3 and Ladislava Porizkova of the Czech Republic. She’s therefore into the women’s singles final and now faces German top seed Katharina Kruger
Shaw began his quad singles round-robin matches by securing a first career win over Israel’s Haim Lev a 6-1, 7-6(4). He then beat Sweden’s former world No.5 Anders Hard 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
Shaw has two singles matches remaining in his bid to claim the ITF 2 title. However, he’s already claimed the quad doubles title, partnering Lev to beat Hard and India’s Harry Boniface Prabhu a 6-0, 6-4.
Hunt partnering Kruger, begins her women’s doubles challenge on Thursday.
Barcelona Open – Lauren Jones and Richard Green
Richard Green claimed his second quad singles title of 2017 on Saturday in Barcelona as the Brit challenged came to an end.
Green beat Italy’s Andrea Sivestrone 7-5, 6-4 for the third ITF 3 singles title of his career.
Green and Sweden’s Petter Edstrom also finished runners-up in the quad doubles. The top seeds slipped to a 6-0, 6-2 loss to second seeds Alfredo di Cosmo and Sivestrone in the final.
Lauren Jones finished runner-up in the women’s doubles, too, following a deciding match tie-break in the final. Jones and Angelica Bernal were edged out 6-3, 1-6, (10-5) by the USA’s Shelby Baron and Lola Ochoa of Spain.
Earlier in the day Jones’s hopes of a fourth singles title in five tournaments ended in the semi-finals. Jones had to retire from her last four contest with Argentina’s Antonella Pralong leading narrowly 7-6(4), 4-6. 2-1.
Richard Green dropped just one game for the second successive match to reach the quad singles final in Barcelona.
Green’s 6-0-, 6-1 win over Italy’s Alfiredo di Cosmo means he plays di Cosmo’s compatriot Andrea Silvestrone for the title.
Lauren Jones also booked her place in the women’s singles semi-finals and doubles final. Top seed Jones plays Argentina’s Antonella Pralong for place in the women’s singles final after beating Cécile Levasseur 6-1, 6-0.
Jones and Angelica Bernal also dominated their women’s doubles semi-final, beating Charlotte Fairbank and Marlise Peters 6-1, 6-2. They now face the top seeds, USA’s Shelby Baron and Spain’s Lola Ochoa, in Saturday’s final.
Lauren Jones is top seed for the women’s singles at the Barcelona Open and has a bye into the quarter-finals.
Jones partners Colombia’s Angelica Bernal in the women’s doubles and the duo are through to the semi-finals.
Second seeds Jones and Bernal eased past France’s Cécile Levsasseur and Morocco’s Souad Yamani 6-1, 6-0 to reach the last four. They now meet Britain’s Charlotte Fairbank and Marlise Peters of the Netherlands for a place in the final.
Richard Green is also top seed for the quad singles. He defeated Patrick Sappino of France 6-1, 6-0 in his first match. Green therefore now plays Italy’s Alfredo di Cosmo of Italy as he bids for a place in the final.
Green’s already into the quad doubles final, partnering Sweden’s Petter Edstrom. Top seeds Green and Edstrom began with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Spain’s Ferran Capell and Roberto Romo Martin. As a result, they will now play di Cosmo and Andrea Silvestrone in the final.