Andy Lapthorne made it two wins in two days to guarantee his place at the top of his round-robin pool and a place in Saturday’s NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters quad semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Lucy Shuker earned herself the opportunity to play for a place in the women’s singles semi-finals after upsetting Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany. Alfie Hewett also upset the odds, repeating his Rio 2016 victory over world No.5 Nicolas Peifer of France as both Hewett and Gordon Reid maintained their chances of reaching the semi-finals.
Lapthorne defeated Korea’s Kyu-Seung Kim 6-2, 6-2 to complete his round-robin matches in pole position. Fellow Brit Antony Cotterill now faces Kim as he also bids to reach the last four.
In the women’s singles Shuker made a remarkable recovery to defeat last year’s NEC Masters runner-up Ellerbrock in their second round-robin match of the week at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre Shuker eventually pulled through 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 and goes into her final round-robin pool match against world No.1 Jiske Griffioen with the same record as the Dutchwoman.Both players have now won one of their opening two matches, so the winner of their head-to-head will advance to the semi-finals.
After losing his opening match in the men’s singles against defending champion Joachim Gerard of Belgium, Hewett produced a tremendous performance against Peifer to seal a 6-0, 6-3 victory. Hewett now faces top seed Stephane Houdet of France in a contest both players need to win to advance to the semi-finals.
In the other men’s round robin pool , Gordon Reid made it two wins in two days with another confident effort against Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina. Reid takes on Dutchman Maikel Scheffers in his third and last pool match. If Reid and Hewett both win their remaining round-robin matches they will meet in the semi-finals.