Bailey and Jones seal hat-trick at Sheffield Futures Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

Bailey and Jones seal hat-trick at Sheffield Futures Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Dermot Bailey

Dermot Bailey and Lauren Jones completed a hat-trick of men and women’s singles titles at the Sheffield Futures Wheelchair Tennis Tournament after straight sets wins on the final day of this year’s event at Graves Health and Sports Centre.

Jones also ended the tournament with singles and doubles titles.

Bailey justified his top seeding for the men’s singles, beating second seed Ruairi Logan 6-4, 6-3 to remain undefeated in singles competition in Sheffield since 2015. Bailey takes his tally of career singles titles at international level to seven.

2017 Sheffield Futures women's singles champion Lauren Jones
Lauren Jones

Jones claimed the fourth international women’s singles title of her career with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over second seed Veronica Zvik of Israel as the former world No.1 junior also made it three-back-to-back victories in Sheffield.

Jones partnered Suzanne Edwards to victory in the all-British women’s doubles final, the top seeds beating second seeds Helen Bond and Debbie Brazier 6-1, 6-3.

Logan turned the tables on Bailey in the men’s doubles final, partnering Scott Smith to a 6-3, 6-3 victory over second seeds Bailey and Steve Crompton.

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22/04/17

Dermot Bailey and Lauren Jones moved to within a match of completing a possible hat-trick of men’s and women’s singles titles on the second and penultimate day of Sheffield Futures Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.

Meanwhile 15-year-old Ruairi Logan reached his first ITF Futures Series men’s singles final and Israel’s Veronica Zvik booked her place in her second successive ITF Futures Series women’s singles final in Great Brtiain.

Lauren Jones in action
Lauren Jones

Bailey eased to a 6-0, 6-0 win over first-time ITF Futures Series semi-finalist Mark Langeveld. Meanwhile, Logan wasted little time in winning his men’s semi-final against former National Champion Scott Smith 6-2, 6-1.

Both women’s singles semi-finals ended in 6-1, 6-1 victories for Jones and Zvik. Jones defeated Helen Bond and Zvik beat Suzanne Edwards 6-1, 6-1.

With the top two seeds contesting both of the men’s and women’s singles finals, the top two seeds will also meet in the men’s and women’s doubles finals.

Top seeds Logan and Smith earned a 6-2, 6-2 semi-final victory over Ben Johnson-Rolfe and Langeveld. Meanwhile, second seeds Bailey and Steve Crompton have dropped just one game on route to the men’s doubles final after a 6-1 6-0 semi-final win over Steven Jow and Petru Punga.

In the women’s doubles, top seeds Edwards and Jones took the opening set of their semi-final against Val Fisher and Caroline MacDonald 6-2 before Fisher and MacDonald had to retire. Second seeds Bond and Debbie Brazier reached the final after defeating Sarah Gaisford and Jessica Webb 6-1, 6-0.

21/04/17

Dermot Bailey and Lauren Jones made comfortable starts to their men’s and women’s singles title defences as Sheffield Futures Wheelchair Tennis Tournament got underway with leading seeds bowing out of both events ahead of Saturday’s semi-finals.

Bailey opened his men’s title defence with back-to-back 6-0, 6-0 wins over Philip Fielding and seventh seed John Lambert. The top seed now continues his bid for a third straight title in Sheffield with a semi-final against fifth seed Mark Langeveld.

Mark Langeveld, winner of the men's singles at London National Series
Mark Langeveld

Langeveld has been playing wheelchair tennis for barely a year, but after winning the first Tennis Foundation National Series event of 2017 in Loughborough, he accounted for the more experienced fourth seed Keith Thom 7-5, 6-3 to reach the last four in Sheffield.

2016 National School Games boys’ singles gold medallist and Sheffield second seed Ruairi Logan has dropped just one game to date after beating sixth seed Steve Crompton 6-1, 6-0. Logan, who swept through his opening match against Alistair Pingram 6-0, 6-0 earlier in the day, next faces third seed Scott Smith.

Former men’s singles National champion Smith dropped his only four games to date in a 6-2, 6-2 victory over James Shaw. Shaw, No.11 in the quad singles world rankings and playing in Sheffield to gain match practice in the men’s events, had earlier beaten eighth seed Ben Jonson-Rolfe 6-4, 6-2 in his first round match.

Helen Bond, women's singles
Helen Bond

In the women’s singles Helen Bond beat third seed Caroline MacDonald 6-2, 7-6(5) to book herself a semi-final against top seed Jones. Jones, who is also seeking a third successive winner’s trophy in Sheffield, won her opening match this year 6-1, 6-4 against Val Fisher. Bond’s victory over MacDonald means there will be no repeat of last December’s National Championships women’s final.

In the bottom half of the draw in Sheffield there was a rematch of the last ITF Futures Series women’s singles title decider in Great Britain. Andrea Weston reached her first ITF Futures Series final in Wrexham in October last year before seeing the major honours go to Israel’s Veronica Zvik.   Weston won her opening match in Sheffield 6-4, 6-3, defeating Deena Webster to set up another meeting with Zvik, but Zvik again had the upper hand, winning 6-3, 6-2.

Zvik plays Suzanne Edwards for a place in the final after Edwards overcame the greater experience of fourth seed Debbie Brazier 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 in a thrilling quarter-final. Edwards also began the day with a three-set win over Jessica Webb in her opening match.

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