Lucy Shuker will be joined by fellow Brit Antony Cotterill in Friday’s doubles finals at Bath Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, while all four top seeds are through to contest the men’s singles semi-finals on the penultimate day of competition at this week’s ITF 1 Series UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour event at the University of Bath Sports Training Village.
British No.1 Shuker remains on course for a hat-trick of Bath Indoor women’s doubles titles after partnering Germany’s Katharina Kruger to beat Charlotte Famin of France & South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane 6-4, 6-4 in Thursday’s semi-finals.
The second seeds will play the top seeds in the final after Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands and Japan’s Manami Tanaka beat Louise Hunt and her American partner Dana Mathewson 6-1, 6-0 to deny the home fans the chance of having Brits on either side of the net in the women’s doubles decider.
Cotterill and his doubles partner Sam Schroder secured a spectacular win in the quad doubles semis, beating American top seeds and three-time Paralympic champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner in a deciding match tie-beak. Despite coming from behind Cotterill and Schroder never faced any match points and claimed victory on the second of their own match points 4-6, 7-6(4), (10-8).
They will play South African second seeds Donald Ramphadi and Lucas Sithole for the title after the chance of having three Brits in the final came to an end.
Ramphadi and Sithole beat the all-Brit pairing of Richard Green and James Shaw 6-2, 6-3.
Straight sets wins for all four top-seeded players in Thursday’s quarter-finals mean that there will be a repeat of the last two Wimbledon finals as Argentina’s world No. 3 and top seed Gustavo Fernandez takes on Sweden’s Stefan Olsson.
Finalists in Bath in 2016 and 2017, respectively, Fernandez and Olsson will go head-to-head in the last four for the second successive year after Fernandez won his all-South American contest against unseeded Brazilian Daniel Rodrigues 6-3, 6-1. Meanwhile, third seed Olsson kept himself on track to reach the final for the second year in a row with his 6-1, 7-6(4) win over sixth seed Tom Egberink of the Netherlands.
In last year’s semi-final in Bath Olsson beat Fernandez 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-1 and the world No. 7 also won their 2017 and 2018 Wimbledon finals in three sets, so Friday’s latest meeting promises plenty of excitement.
The other semi-final will see Belgium’s Joachim Gerard, the inaugural Bath Indoor champion in 2016, face world No. 5 Stephane Houdet of France. Two dominant quarter-final performances saw world No. 6 Gerard race past Spain’s Martin de la Puente 6-1, 6-1, while Houdet beat fellow former world No. 1 Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-0 to reach the Bath Indoor semis for the first time.
With the men’s, women’s and quad singles semi-finals all taking place on Friday in Bath, the four men’s singles semis will also meet later in the day in the men’s doubles final.
Second seeds Gerard and Olsson maintained their bid for a third successive Bath Indoor title after defeating the all-Dutch partnership of Tom Egberink and Maikel Scheffers 6-4, 6-2. Top seeds Houdet and Fernandez also won their semi-final in straight sets, beating Argentina’s Agustin Ledesma and Rodrigues 6-4, 6-1.