Five Brits on the Tennis Foundations’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme have been competing across Europe this week, with Lucy Shuker, Louise Hunt and Antony Cotterill at the ITF 1 Series Ile de Re Open in France and James Shaw and Richard Green at the ITF 2 Czech Open in Prostejov.
All five players reached singles or doubles finals at their respective tournaments, with Shuker and Germany’s Katharina Kruger defeating Hunt and South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane in the women’s doubles final on Ile de Re.
Ile de Re Open – Ile de Re, France
Lucy Shuker came out on top in a tight women’s doubles final at the 2018 Ile de Re Open as the British No.1 claimed her sixth doubles title of the season.
With Brits on either side of the net in France, top seeds Shuker and Kruger edged out Louise Hunt and South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane in a deciding match tie-break, winning 6-3, 3-6, (10-6).
There were also runners-up honours in France for Antony Cotterill and the USA’s Bryan Barten, the duo losing out in the quad doubles final to South Africa’s Lucas Sithole and Japan’s Koji Sugeno 6-0, 6-3.
Three Brits will feature in two doubles finals on Saturday on Ile de Re after Antony Cotterill partnered the USA’s Bryan Barten to the quad doubles final on Friday.
Top seeds Cotterill and Barten will play South Africa’s Lucas Sithole and Koji Sugeno of Japan for the title after winning their semi-final against Sweden’s Petter Edstrom and Germany’s Max Laudan 6-2, 6-1.
Louise Hunt and Lucy Shuker also go into Saturday’s fifth day of play in France on opposite sides of the net in the women’s doubles final. However, Hunt’s bid for a place in the women’s singles final ended in a 6-2, 7-5 semi-final loss to the USA’s Dana Mathewson.
A British champion is guaranteed in the women’s doubles on Ile de Re with Louise Hunt and Lucy Shuker and their respective partners set to meet in Saturday’s final.
The day after beating world No. 7 Katharina Kruger in the women’s singles quarter-finals, Hunt enjoyed another impressive result in the doubles semi-finals, partnering South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane to beat top seeds Charlotte Famin of France and Dana Mathewson of the USA 6-3, 6-2.
There was also a straight sets win for Shuker and Kruger in the other semi-final after the second seeds overcame Natalia Mayara of Brazil and Emmanuelle Morch of France 6-4, 6-2.
Hunt will now play Mathewson in the women’s singles semi-finals on Friday, when Antony Cotterill is also in quad doubles semi-final action. However, Cotterill’s singles challenge has come to an end after a 6-2, 6-2 quarter-final loss to Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva.
— Louise Hunt (@LouiseHunt1) June 14, 2018
Louise Hunt secured her best singles result of 2018 on Wednesday’s second day of play in Ile de Re when the current British No. 2 defeated Germany’s world No.7 Katharina Kruger 7-6(5), 7-6(5) to reach the women’s singles semi-finals.
Having beaten Switzerland’s Annabelle Ribeaud in her opening match, Hunt’s fourth career victory over Kruger has earned her a last four contest on Friday against American Dana Matheswson. Mathewson ended hopes of an all-Brit semi-final after beating second seed Shuker 6-4, 7-5.
Cotterill also made a winning start to the quad singles after a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Thomas Huguenin of France., setting up a quarter-final against Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva.
Cotterill is also into the quad doubles semis after partnering Bryan Barten of the USA to an early 6-1, 6-3 win over French duo Huguenin and Sebastien Jance. They play Petter Edstrom of Sweden and Max Laudan of Germany in the last four.
Czech Open – Prostejov, Czech Republic
With back-to-back wins over former world No.1 Nick Taylor in his first two matches against the American, including in the quad singles final at last month’s Open de Vendee in France, James Shaw was unable to make it a hat-trick in the Czech Republic this week as second Taylor took their latest encounter 7-6(6), 6-1.
Shaw and Richard Green also completed the tournament with runner-up honours in the quad doubles, top seeds Kyu-Seung Kim ad Taylor winning that final 6-1, 6-0.
James Shaw booked his place in his second successive quad singles final on Friday’s third day of play in Prostejov and then partnered Richard Green to reach the quad doubles final.
The champion at last month’s Open de Vendee in France, top seed Shaw reached another ITF 2 final after defeating Germany’s Marcus Laudan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the semi-finals. Shaw plays second seed Nick Taylor in the final, having beaten the American in the Open de Vendee final.
Shaw and Taylor will also meet in the quad doubles final after Shaw joined forces with Green to secure a 6-4, 7-5 semi-final victory over the second seeds, Japan’s Mika Ishikawa and Myung Je Kim of Korea. Shaw and Green now play the top seeds, Taylor and Kyu-Seung Kim of Korea, for the title.
There were mixed fortunes for James Shaw and Richard Green as they began their quad singles campaigns in the Czech Republic on Thursday.
Top seed Shaw will play Marcus Laudan of Germany in the semi-finals after defeating Italy’s Alberto Corradi 6-2, 6-3 in his opening match. Fourth seed reen also had a first round bye, but his attempt to set up an all-Brit semi-final narrowly fell short against Laudan, who won their quarter-final 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
Green and Shaw will play Mika Ishikawa of Japan and Myung Je Kim of Korea, the second seeds, for a place in the quad doubles final.