Stefan Olsson of Sweden made it back-to-back men’s singles titles at Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament as Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands lifted her first women’s singles at title at USN Bolton Arena after being a finalist in 2016.
Dutch second seed Sam Schroder upset top seed Shraga Weinberg to win the quad singles final to make it back-to-back titles in Great Britain in successive weeks. Schroder also completed the tournament with singles and doubles titles along with Olsson. Olsson and Evans Maripa of South Africa won the men’s doubles final to bring the 2017 Bolton Indoor to a close.
Olsson, playing in his first tournament since the early arrival of his and his wife’s first child last month, defeated Japanese third seed Takuya Miki 6-4, 6-0 in the men’s singles final.
Olsson gained the first break in the opening set before Miki fought back to level the contest at 4-4. However another break gave the world No. 7 and 2016 Wimbledon finalist the set and he raced through the second set in 26 minutes without dropping a game to wrap up an extra special victory.
“I haven’t been practicing that much, so I’m super stoked to be able to do this. I’ve been trying out some new stuff and it’s been working really well this week and I’ve just stepped up all week. It seems like, even, if I’m tired today I think I played a really solid match,” said Olsson.
“He (Olsson’s new son) was due on 3rd March, so next week. So this tournament was not originally in my plans, but I really miss my son now and I’m ready to go home. I tried to fight extra hard today and said ‘today you are going to win this’. When you haven’t any energy left and haven’t practiced that much it affects your feelings but I did really well today,” added the top seed.
Olsson and Maripa later beat Spain’s Daniel Caverzaschi and Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-1 to win the men’s doubles title.
In the women’s singles final world No. 5 Buis took a commanding 5-0 first set lead over second seed Lucy Shuker. World No. 8 Shuker retrieved one of the breaks against her, but top seed Buis took the next game.
With Buis 5-2 ahead in the second set, British No. 2 Shuker again earned a break back, but Buis went on to seal her first singles title of 2017 6-2, 6-4 after an hour and 22 minutes.
“It feels great because this year didn’t start really well at the Australian Open so it’s good to be back and win a tournament. Actually, two tournament wins this week, with the doubles, it’s very good for my confidence and I’m going to take that with me to the next tournaments next month in the States,” said Buis.
“I want to stay in the top seven to play the Grand Slams, but the development of my game, that’s the most important thing now.”
World No. 9 Schroder won his first quad singles title in Bolton 6-4, 6-2 against former world No. 1 Weinberg.
Weinberg briefly led the opening set 4-3 before Schroder took the next three games and the young Dutchman clinched the last four games of the match to follow up his quad singles victory at last week’s Preston Indoor.
“I feel really good after winning this. Shraga is a tough opponent. I am also really glad that I got into the top nine now after winning Preston, that is a really big thing for me,” said Schroder.
“I hope that I can continue this line as a player and keep growing and getting better. I’ve got some minor surgery in a couple of weeks so I’ll have a little break after that and then it will be World Team Cup next.”