Shuker and Lapthorne maintain British singles hopes at Bolton Indoor

Shuker and Lapthorne maintain British singles hopes at Bolton Indoor
Lucy Shuker

Lucy Shuker and Andy Lapthorne maintain hopes of home success in the main draw singles events going in to Thursday’s’ third day of the 2018 Bolton Indoor after both British No.1 ranked players secured straight sets wins on Wednesday at USN Bolton Arena.

Shuker, twice a runner-up in Bolton since the inaugural edition of the ITF 2 Series event in 2014, won her all-Brit women’s singles second round match against Louise Hunt 6-0, 6-1 as all eight seeded players progressed to the quarter-finals – six of them for the loss of no more than three gmes.

World No.6 and third seed Shuker will play eighth seed Giulia Capocci of Italy for a place in this year’s semi-finals, Capocci having come closest to beating 2017 champion Marjolein Buis in last year’s semi-finals.

Having needed a final set tie-break to defeat Capocci in the last four in Bolton 12 months ago, before going on to beat Shuker in the final, Buis will play French fifth seed Charlotte Famin for a place in this year’s semi-finals.

Giulia Capocci of Italy at Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Giulia Capocci of Italy

Famin, who lost out to Shuker in the semi-finals last year, earned her quarter-final berth this time with a 6-2, 7-6(1) win over Japan’s Saki Takamuro. Seventh seed Michaela Spaanstra also came out on top in a first set tie-break on her way to beating Argentina’s Maria Florenia Moreno. Spaantra now meets top seed Aniek van Koot, the inaugural Bolton Indoor women’s singles champion in 2014, guaranteeing that there will be at least one Dutch semi-finalist.

Germany’s Katharina Kruger and Dana Mathewson of the USA will meet in the other quarter-final as Mathewson attempts to take another step towards landing back-to-back women’s singles titles following her Preston Indoor victory.

Andy Lapthorne, US Open Wheelchair Tennis
Andy Lapthorne

Lapthorne’s last three career meetings against Sweden’s Anders Hard have all come in Bolton and Lapthorne’s 6-1, 6-3 win on Wednesday was his second quarter-final win over Hard in Bolton in three years, with Hard having won their 2015 final.

Lapthorne will play Bolton Indoor debutant and fourth seed Koji Sugeno in the semi-finals, which will feature three of the four seeded players. The only non-seed in the las four will be Canadian Robert Shaw, last week’s Preston Indoor champion. Shaw ended the challenge of second-seeded Brit Antony Cotterill 6-3. 6-2.

Shaw’s win over Cotterill means that there will be a North American player in the quad singles final, as Shaw next takes on USA third seed Bryan Barten.

Three seeded players are missing from the men’s singles quarter-final line-up after 16-year-old Preston Indoor champion Jef Vandorpe of Belgium beat Austrian eighth seed Martin Legner. Vandorpe plays fourth seed Daniel Caverzaschi of Spain for a place in the semi-finals.

Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne in action
Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne

However, Caverzaschi’s countryman Martin de la Puente, the player Vandorpe beat in Sunday’s Preston Indoor final, bowed out in Bolton, beaten 6-2, 6-1 by Ruben Spaargaren of the Netherland. Spaargaren meets South African third seed Evans Maripa next.

There could yet be an all-Belgian semi-final in Bolton this week after top seed and world No.7 joachim Gerard joined Vandorpe in the last eight after beating Adam Berdichevsky of Israel 6-0, 6-1. Gerard will go on to play seventh seed Ezequiel Casco, but any prospect of there being two Argentinian players in the quarter-finals came to an end when Gaetan Menguy of France beat fifth seed Agustin Ledesma 6-1, 6-2.

As well as two Belgian quarter-finalists, there will also be two Dutch players in the last eight after second seed Maikel Scheffers sealed a6-0, 6- 1 win over Israel’s Asi Stokol. Scheffers and Menguy now go-head-to-head.

The first of the main draw doubles events to reach the semi-final stage is the quad doubles, with two all-Brit partnerships featuring in the last four on Thursday. Top seeds Cotterill and Lapthorne will play Hasterok and Shaw, while Gary Cox and Richard Green take on second seeds Barten and Sugeno.

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