Asif Abbasi won his second straight main draw singles draw of 2017 at the latest Roma Sport National Wheelchair Tennis Series in Liverpool over the weekend.
Abassi beat Scott Smith, the 2016 champion at Liverpool Tennis Centre, en route to his victory. Meanwhile, James Ascroft won the B Division singles in straight sets and Smith left Liverpool with the doubles title for the second straight year. This time he partnered Mehboob Hussain.
The main draw singles winner at Gosling Sports Park last month, Abbasi opened his campaign in Liverpool with a 6-1, 6-3, win over his doubles partner Manoikanth Somasundaram. That set up a quarter-final against top seed Smith, a contest Abbasi edged 6-1, 3-6, (10-8) after a deciding match tie-break.
Keith Thom claimed an even closer contest against Hussain, advancing to the semi-finals 7-6(4), 4-6. (10-8). Philip Fielding and Invictus Games medallist Alex Krol completed the semi-final line-up after early straight sets wins. However, Abbasi ended Fielding’s bid to reach another National Series final with a 6-1, 6-4 win and Thom booked his place in the final after overcoming Krol 6-3, 6-1. Abbasi’s progression throughout the season brought his second title in as many tournaments when he beat Thom 6-2, 6-3 in the decider.
Craig Nicholson booked his place in the B Division singles final for the loss of just one game, beating Matthew Hickling 6-1, 6-0 and Tabitha Fung 6-0, 6-0. Ascroftt also made comfortable progress after beating Deena Webster 6-2, 6-2 and Nat Lowe-Cordingley 6-1, 6-0. He went on to make it three-back-to-back straight sets wins, defeating Nicholson 6-2, 6-3 to win the B Division title.
Hussain and Smith began their bid for the doubles title with a tense 4-0, 3-5, (10-5) win over Thom and Lowe-Cordingley. The other three semi-final partnerships advanced to the last four after 4-0, 4-0 or 4-1, 4-0 wins and that trend continued as the finalists were decided.
Abbasi and Somasundaram and Husssain and Smith both dropped just one game in their respective semi-finals and another straight sets win saw Hussain and Smith gain the major honours after they won the final 4-2, 4-1.