Andy Lapthorne, the 2016 quad singles champion, was among the Brits to advance on Tuesday’s first day of the 2018 Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament at USN Bolton Arena.
Bolton Indoor is the second of six British-based world-ranked events on the 2018 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, organised or supported by Great Britain’s leading tennis charity, the Tennis Foundation.
Rio 2016 silver medallist Lapthorne’s comeback tournament after injury opened with a 6-3, 6-0 win over fellow Brit Richard Green. With Wednesday’s second day of play featuring the quad singles quarter-finals, Lapthorne next plays Sweden’s Anders Hard in a rematch of the 2015 final – a contest the Swede won. Hard‘s first match of this year’s tournament ended in a 6-0, 6-1 win over Brit Gary Cox.
World No.2 Lapthorne is joined in the last eight by fellow Rio Paralympian Antony Cotterill, who ensured that there will be two Brits in the quarter-finals after beating Coen van Werkhoven of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-3. Second seed Lapthorne plays last week’s Preston Indoor champion Robert Shaw of Canada for a place in the semi-finals. Shaw opened his bid for back-to-back titles with a tense 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-5 victory over former world No.1 Shraga Weinberg, the runner-up in Bolton in both 2016 and 2017.
While Robert Shaw features in the quarter-finals, Brit James Shaw, runner-up to his Canadian name sake at Preston Indoor, saw his bid to reach back-to-back finals come to an end against Niels Vink of the Netherlands. Vink won their first round match 6-4, 6-4 to book his place in the last eight against Japanese fourth seed Koji Sugeno.
The remaining quad quarter-final will be contested by USA third seed Bryan Barten and Andrea Siverstrone of Italy, both 6-0, 6-0 winners on Tuesday’s first day of play.
Louise Hunt, semi-finalist at Preston Indoor, beat Japan’s Kanako Domori in straight sets in the quarter-finals last week. Hunt met Domori in her opening match in Bolton and this time advanced in three sets, winning 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Hunt’s victory sets up an all-Brit match-up against British No.1 and third seed Lucy Shuker, with the winner going forward to the last eight of this week’s ITF 2 Series event.
Hunt was one of two Brits to advance in the women’s singles after Valerie Fisher also defeated Sweden’s Alicia Edson 6-1, 6-1. Fisher now plays Dutch top seed and 2014 Bolton Indoor champion Aniek van Koot.
Lauren Jones, winner of the women’s doubles at Preston Indoor partnering Michaela Spaanstra of the Netherlands and quarter-finalist in singles last week, endured an early loss in Bolton. Jones bowed out to Italian eighth seed Giulia Capocci 6-2, 6-1.
With the top six seeded players all having first round byes in the women’s singles, seventh seed Spaanstra began her bid to reach back-to-back finals by beating Debbie Brazier 6-0, 6-0. Spaanstra next plays Maria Florencia Moreno of Argentina, a semi-finalist of Preston Indoor.
Preston Indoor champion Dana Mathewson, who is sixth seed in Bolton, will begin her challenge for back-to-back women’s singles titles with a last 16 contest against Louise Willerslev-Olsen of Denmark.
While the eight seeded players begin their men’s singles campaigns on Wednesday in Bolton, the start of the men’s singles included a 6-1, 6-4 victory for Belgium’s Jef Vandorpe.
Vandorpe, crowned the Preston Indoor champion on Sunday, began his bid for back-to-back titles on British soil with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Italy’s Silviu Culea. Vandorpe now plays Austrian veteran and eighth seed Martin Legner.
Spain’s Martin de la Puente, the runner-up in Preston to Vandorpe, is again drawn in the opposite half of the men’s singles draw to the Belgian. De la Puent, plays Dutchman Ruen Spaargaren in his first match in Bolton, with Spaargaren one of eight players to earn straight sets first round wins.
There was early Brit success in the men’s second draw singles, with local North West player James Ascroft, Paralympian Alex Jewitt and Ben Johnson-Rolfe all advancing to the quarter-finals. Ascroft now meets top seed John Lambert in the only all-Brit quarter-final in the second draw.