Four Brits contested two ITF 2 Series events on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour in the past week, at the Wroclaw Cup and Barcelona Open.
James Shaw, Louise Hunt and Lauren Jones played the Wroclaw Cup in Poland. Meanwhile, Dermot Bailey bid to follow up his Slovakia Open singles and doubles titles by seeking success at the Barcelona Open in Spain.
British interest in the Wroclaw Cup came to an end on Friday with doubles runners-up honours for both James Shaw and Louise Hunt.
Shaw and Israel’s Shraga Weinberg, quad doubles second seeds, finished runners-up to top seeds Greg Hasterok of the USA and Ymanitu Silva of Brazil as the top seeds took the title 6-4, 6-2.
It was a similar story in the women’s doubles final for Hunt and Manami Tanaka of Japan, but this time the second seeds beat the top seeds, with Germany’s Katharina Kruger and Japan’s Momoko Ohtani winning 6-2, 6-2.
— Louise Hunt (@LouiseHunt1) June 30, 2018
James Shaw and Louise Hunt both reached doubles finals on Thursday in Wroclaw as Shaw’s quad singles title defence came to an end.
Shaw and Israel’s Shraga Weinberg, the second seeds, raced past Chile’s Pablo Araya and Steven Baxter of the USA 6-0, 6-1 in their semi-final. They will now play the top seeds, Greg Hasterok of the USA and Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva, for the title. However, Shaw bowed out of the quad singles, the defending champion losing out to Germany’s Max Laudan 6-3, 6-1.
While Shaw reached his eighth final of the year in either singles or doubles, Hunt reached her sixth doubles final of the season. Hunt and Japan’s Manami Tanaka beat Lauren Jones and her Dutch partner Michaela Spaanstra 6-2, 6-1, bringing Jones’s campaign in Wroclaw to a close. Hunt and Tanaka face Germany’s Katharina Kruger and Japan’s Momoko Ohtani in the women’s doubles final.
James Shaw opened his Wroclaw Cup quad singles title defence in style, defeating Germany’s Marcus Laudan 6-1, 6-3 as the Brit challenge got underway on Wednesday. Second seed Shaw will now face his first round opponent’s twin brother Max in the semi-finals on Thursday.
Thursday’s matches also sees Shaw in quad doubles semi-final action, while Louise Hunt and Lauren Jones meet in the women’s doubles semi-finals after both bowing out in tough first round matches,
Shaw and Israel’s Shraga Weinberg play Pablo Araya of Chile and Steven Baxter of the USA for a place in the quad doubles final.
Hunt and Japan’s Manami Tanaki are top seeds for the women’s doubles. They play Jones and Michaela Spaanstra of the Netherlands in their semi-final. Hunt missed out on the opportunity to secure back-to-back wins over Germany’s world No. 6 in singles competition.
After beating Kruger in the quarter-finals of the Ile de Re Open earlier this month, Hunt’s latest meeting with Kruger ended in a 6-3, 6-0 loss to the top seed. Meanwhile, Jones bowed out to Momoko Ohtani as the Japanese player advanced 6-4, 6-3.
Dermot Bailey’s hopes of back-to-back titles ended on Thursday in Barcelona when he bowed out of the men’s singles and doubles.
After winning last week’s Slovakia Open Bailey exited in Spain to Belgian seventh seed Jef Vandorpe, who progressed to the singles quarter-finals 6-1, 2-6, 6-2. Nico Langmann of Austria and Takashi Sanada of Japan also proved too strong for Bailey and Conner Stroud in the men’s doubles quarter-finals, the fourth seeds advancing 6-1, 6-1.
Dermot Bailey, who has moved up 18 places to No.65 in this week’s men’s singles rankings following his victory at the Slovakia Open, defeated Romania’s Mihai Gaita in his opening match in Barcelona. Bailey won 6-1, 6-1 to earn a second round against Belgian seventh seed Jef Vandorpe.
Bailey partners the USA’s Conner Stroud in the men’s doubles and the duo secured a comfortable early won to reach the quarter-finals. Bailey and Stroud beat Spain’s Pablo Martinez Molina and Jose Luis Montoya 6-1, 6-1, setting up as last eight contest against fourth seeds Nico Langmann and Takashi Sanada.