Lucy Shuker battled her way into the women’s singles semi-finals on the second day of the 2018 Bath Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament after defeating Manami Tanaka of Japan in a final set tie-break to maintain British hopes of singles success.
After her first round bye British No.1, world No.8 and fourth seed Shuker ultimately prevailed 6-3 3-6 7-6(4) and next plays South African top seed Kgothatso Montjane for a place in the final at the University of Bath Sports Training Village.
Montjane opened her account in Bath by beating Germany’s Katharina Kruger 6-1, 6-1, while Dutch third seed Marjolein Buis booked her place in the last four after her 6-2, 6-1 victory over Charlotte Famin of France.
Aside from Shuker, Italian second seed Giulia Capocci also advanced in three close sets, defeating the USA’s Dana Mathewson 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
While Shuker and Capocci progressed to the women’s semi-finals in three sets, James Shaw also went to three sets with quad singles top seed and world No.1 David Wagner. However, after taking his first set of tennis off a world Top 10-ranked opponent Shaw eventually slipped to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 loss to the defending champion as Wagner moved on to a semi-final against Dutchman Sam Schroder.
With seeded players bowing out of both the quad singles and men’s singles on the second day of play at the ITF 1 Series event, Schroder defeated Brazilian third seed Ymanitu Silva 6-4, 6-0.
Two American players will contest the quad singles semi-finals after former world No. 1 Nick Taylor also beat British opposition. Taylor’s 6-2, 6-2 win over Richard Green means that he will face South African second seed Lucas Sithole in the last four, with Sithole having opened his title bid with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Sweden’s Petter Edstrom.
Brazil’s Daniel Rodrigues was among those to book himself one of the four remaining quarter-final spots in the men’s singles after seeing off seventh seed Agustin Ledesma. Rodrigues won his all-South American contest against Ledesma 6-4, 6-3 and now faces a second Argentinian opponent in the form of top seed and world No.3 Gustavo Fernandez.
Fernandez met Britain’s Dermot Bailey in the last 16 of the men’s singles for the second successive year. Twelve months on from Bailey taking just one game off Fernandez the British No.3 won three games this year, but once again it was 2016 Bath Indoor runner-up Fernandez who progressed 6-3 6-0. Sweden’s Stefan Olsson, the 2017 runner-up in Bath, and Dutch sixth seed Tom Egberink contest the other quarter-final after both won their opening matches of the week 6-0, 6-0.
Thursday’s third day of play will include all four men’s singles quarter-finals and the men’s, women’s and quad doubles semi-finals, with a number of leading Brits still in the hunt for a place in the doubles finals.