Bailey and Hunt win 2018 Swedish Open doubles titles

Bailey and Hunt win 2018 Swedish Open doubles titles
Dermot Bailey

Brits completed the 2018 Swedish Open with two doubles titles after Dermot Bailey and Louise Hunt shared in the men’s and women’s doubles titles on Saturday’s penultimate day of play.

While Hunt and James Shaw also won through to Sunday’s women’s singles and quad singles finals, both players ultimately finished runners-up in their respectively events.

Second seed Hunt lost out to her doubles partner and top seed Viktoriia Lvova 6-0, 6-1 in the women’s singles final. Meanwhile, Shaw was unable to build on a 5-2 lead against second seed Sam Schroder of the Netherlands and Schroder eventually went on to take the quad singles title 7-5, 6-0.

James Shaw in action
James Shaw

Tournament Draws

13/10/18

Dermot Bailey and Louise Hunt shared in the men’s and women’s doubles titles on the penultimate day of play in Sweden, after Hunt and James Shaw reaching Sunday’s women’s and quad singles finals.

Bailey and Dutch partner Ruben Spaargaren won two matches in a day as Bailey claimed his third men’s doubles title of 2018. The second seeds beat Rody de Bie of the Netherlands and Italy’s Ivan Tratter 6-3, 6-4 in their semi-final before a thrilling victory in the final, with Bailey and Spaargaren edging out the top seeds, Sweden’s Stefan Olsson and Finland’s Taneli Tenhunen, 6-1, 2-6, (10-7) after a deciding match tie-break. Bailey had early lost out to two-time Wimbledon champion Olsson 6-2, 6-0 in their men’s singles semi-final.

Hunt also won two matches in a day – one in singles and one in doubles – to remain on course to end the ITF 3 event with a brace of titles. British No.2 and second seed Hunt beat Donna Jansen of the Netherlands 6-4, 6-2 in her singles semi-final. She will now play her doubles partner and top seed Viktoriia Lvova in Sunday’s singles final.

Top seeds Hunt and Lvova were in peerless form in the women’s doubles final, powering to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over the second seeds, Emmanuelle Morch of France and Spain’s Lola Ochoa, as Hunt claimed her fourth doubles title of 2018.

Top seed Shaw booked his place in his fourth quad singles final of the year with victory in his all-British semi-final against Richard Green. Shaw won his second semi-final of the year against Green 6-2, 6-2 and now plays Dutch second seed Sam Schroder in Sunday’s final.

Tournament Draws

12/10/18

James Shaw, Richard Green, Dermot Bailey and Louise Hunt all advanced to singles semi-finals on Friday in Uppsala, with Shaw and Green guaranteeing that there will be a British player in the quad singles final. Hunt is also into the women’s doubles final.

Top seed Shaw opened his quad singles challenge with a fine performance to beat Sweden’s former world No. 5 Anders Hard 6-4 6-1, while fourth seed Green overcame Turkey’s Ugur Altinel 6-2 7-6(7) to set up the all-Brit semi-final. However, the British duo bowed out early in the quad doubles.

James Shaw at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships
James Shaw

Bailey will face Wimbledon champion and top seed Stefan Olsson of Sweden in the men’s singles semi-finals after racing to a 6-0, 6-0 quarter-final victory over Denmark’s Thomas Pedersen. Bailey and Olsson’s only previous meeting was when they met in the final of the Swedish Open in 2016

After a slow start second seed Hunt booked her place in the last four of the women’s singles, completing a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over Spain’s Lola Ochoa. Hunt will play young Dutchwoman Donna Jansen for a place in Sunday’s final.

Louise Hunt in action
Louise Hunt

Meanwhile, Hunt and Viktoriia Lvova of Russia are women’s doubles top seeds and after a bye into the semi-finals they raced past Dutch duo Donna Jansen Wendi Schutte 6-0 6-0. Hunt and Lvova play second seeds Emmanuelle Morch and Ochoa in Saturday’s final.

Bailey is also into the semi-finals of the men’s and women’s doubles, respectively.

Bailey and his Dutch partner, Ruben Spaargaren, are second seeds for the men’s doubles and they began their title bid with a routine 6-0, 6-0 win over Swedish duo Ludwig Persson and Isak Salomonsson. Bailey and Spaargaren play the Dutch-Italian partnership of Rody de Bie and Ivan Tratter in the semi-finals.

11/10/18

With six Brits in action in Uppsala, Dermot Bailey and Richard Green both earned singles wins on the opening day of competition.

A finalist in the men’s singles in 2016, Bailey began this year’s event by defeating Dutch third seed Rody de Bie 6-4, 6-1. Bailey now plays Thomas Pedersen of Denmark for a place in the semi-finals after Pedersen beat Logan 6-3, 6-0.

Ruairi Logan in action
Ruairi Logan

Green is also through to the quad singles quarter-finals after the fourth seed beat Jérôme De Meyere of France 6-3, 6-4. Green plays Turkey’s Ugur Altinel next as he joins top seed Shaw in the last eight after Shaw had a first round bye.

Louise Hunt also had a first round bye in the women’s singles. Second seed Hunt plays Spain’s Lola Ochoa in her opening match of the tournament on Friday.