Scott Smith wins Shrewsbury National Series

Scott Smith wins Shrewsbury National Series

Image caption: Scott Smith

Scott Smith won the men’s main draw singles at the Shrewsbury Open as the latest Tennis Foundation National Wheelchair Tennis Series event came to an end over the weekend at The Shrewsbury Club.

Smith took the title after finishing runner-up in both 2014 and 2015.

Smith and this year’s singles runner-up John Lambert also teamed up to win the men’s doubles, while Sam Eardley claimed victory in the mixed singles.

Mehboob Hussain was the only player who needed a deciding match tie-break to book his place in the semi-finals of the men’s main draw singles alongside Smith, Lambert and Nick Smelt.

However, having beaten Greg Shea 2-4, 4-2, (10-5) in his opening contest Hussain bowed out to Smith 6-4, 6-1 as the Staffordshire player secured his place in the final.

Meanwhile, Lambert won his semi-final against Smelt 6-3, 6-0, ending Smelt’s hopes of making it back-to-back National Series singles titles after his victory at Gosling Sports Park in Welwyn Garden City last month.

Smith extended his recent winning form against Lambert in the final, earning the main draw singles title 6-3, 6-2 to add to his victory over Lambert in the final in Loughborough National Series earlier in the year

While going head to-head for the main draw singles title, Smith and Lambert proved unbeatable in the main draw doubles as the top seeds reached the final for the loss of just one game. In the bottom half of the doubles draw second seeds Keith Thom and Hussain proved equally as impressive and booked their place in the final after dropping just two games. However, when it came to playing for the title Smith and Lambert maintained their winning ways to wrap up the final 6-1, 6-3.

No fewer than four of the eight matches in the first round of the mixed singles went to a deciding match tie-break as Caroline Macdonald, Kevin Drake, Nathaniel Lowe-Cordingley and Ben Johnson-Rolfe all edged into the quarter-finals and three of the four seeded players bowed out.

Macdonald was involved in a second match tie-break in the last eight, but this time she came out on the wrong end of the result as top seed James Ascroft came from a set down to book his place in the semi-finals 4-6, 6-2, (10-8). Meanwhile, after beating fourth seed Debbie Brazier, Drake eased to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Ashley Davis. His semi-final was to prove a different proposition, although Drake produced another solid effort to defeat Ascroft 7-5, 2-6, (10-6).

Lowe-Cordingley and Johnson-Rolfe, both of whom played wheelchair tennis at the National School Games in 2015, went head-to-head in the mixed singles quarter-finals, with Johnson-Rolfe advancing to the last four 6-1, 6-1.

Sam Eardley completed the semi-final line-up after another deciding match tie-break, beating Helen Bond 6-3, 4-6, (10-3) but Eardley had far fewer problems booking his place in the final when defeating Johnson-Rolfe 6-1, 6-2. Thereafter Eardley enjoyed another straight sets win to take the mixed singles final, defeating Drake 6-3, 6-4.

In the novice singles Scott Farquhar clinched two deciding match tie-breaks to reach the final, beating Tracey Proudlock 4-0, 1-4, (10-8) and AJ Pingram 6-4, 6-7(5), (10-7). By contrast Deena Webster had a relatively straightforward passage to the final, dropping just four games in her first two matches. Four games were all Webster dropped again in the novice final, defeating Farquhar 6-2, 6-2.

A semi-finalist in the novice singles, George Davies paired up with Ashley Davis for the novice doubles and the duo claimed the title decider against Proudlock and Mick Green 4-0, 5-3.

Shrewsbury Wheelchair Tennis 2016 Men’s Main Draw Singles

Shrewsbury Wheelchair Tennis 2016 Main Draw Doubles

Shrewsbury Wheelchair Tennis 2016 Mixed Singles

Shrewsbury 2016 Wheelchair Tennis Novice Singles

Shrewsbury Wheelchair Tennis 2016 Novice Draw Doubles