James Shaw produced a fine performance to reach Sunday’s quad singles final at Preston Indoor during Friday’s second day of play. Meanwhile, Louise Hunt also booked her place in the women’s singles semi-finals and joined Lauren Jones in advancing to Saturday’s women’s doubles semis.
Shaw will play his name sake, Canadian third seed Robert Shaw, in the quad singles final at South Ribble Tennis Centre, after the second seeded-Brit defeated Sweden’s former world No. 5 Anders Hard 6-4, 6-1. Robert Shaw won his semi-final against young Dutch player Niels Vink 7-5, 6-4. Both players feature in Saturday’s quad doubles semi-finals, as does reigning National Champion Richard Green.
Third seed Hunt, a former champion in singles and doubles in Preston, put in a solid effort to beat Japanese sixth seed Kanako Domori 6-3, 6-2 in the last eight of the women’s singles. Hunt now plays Dutch second seed Michaela Spaanstra. None of Saturday’s women’s semi-finalists dropped a set in the quarter-finals, with Argentinian fourth seed Maria Florencia Moreno ending Jones’s Preston Indoor singles challenge 6-3, 6-1. All four top-seeded players are into the women’s singles semis, with Moreno facing USA top seed and defending champion Dana Mathewson.
Top seeds Hunt and Mathewson and second seeds Jones and Spaanstra both recorded 6-1, 6-0 wins to book their places in the women’s doubles semi-finals. Hunt and Mathewson beat the all-Brit partnership of Valerie Fisher and Cornelia Oosterhuizen, while Jones and Spaanstra eased past the French-Dutch partnership of Charlotte Fairbank and Marlise Peters.
Dermot Bailey narrowly missed out on maintaining home interest in the men’s singles after being edged out of his quarter-final against Spanish second seed Daniel Caverzaschi 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. A Spaniard is guaranteed to contest the final, with Caverzaschi now taking on third seed Martin de la Puente, a 62, 6-3 quarter-final victory over Rody die Bie of the Netherlands.
Neither semi-final in the top half of the men’s singles draw features a seeded player. Belgium’s Junior Masters champion Jef Vandorpe will play Gaetan Menguy of France, the runner-up in Preston in 2017.
Although bowing out of the men’s singles, Bailey goes in Saturday’s men’s doubles semi-finals. Bailey and Vandorpe will play top seeds Caverzaschi and de la Puente. Austrian Martin Legner and Menguy, the second seeds, face Italy’s Silviu Culea and Romania’s Miha Gaita in the other semi-finals.
Saturday’s penultimate day of play begins at South Ribble Tennis Centre at 1.30pm. Entry is FREE.