Brits Lucy Shuker, Dave Phillipson and James Shaw scored early wins on the first day of play at the Bath Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.
With the tournament being held at the University of Bath for the first time, Rio Paralympic bronze medallist Shuker booked her place in the women’s singles quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over fellow Brit Lauren Jones. Shuker will now face fourth seed Diede de Groot for a place in the semi-finals.
“Lauren is a good up and coming player and I actually haven’t played her that much before so I’m pleased to get the win,” said Shuker. “My game is working really well at the moment; I’m loving my training and really going on court with nothing to lose so I’m feeling good. I’m looking forward to this week and hopefully I can do some damage on tour.”
Phillipson was equally as comfortable in booking his place in the men’s second round with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Italian Luca Spano.
“I was pleased to get the win and start the week well,” said Phillipson. “He can be a tricky player but I stuck to my game plan and it was a good performance and I’m pleased.” Phillipson will now play second seed Gustavo Fernandez for a place in the quarter-finals.
With the top six seeds enjoying byes into the second round in the men’s draw there was a straight sets win for the seventh seed Evans Maripa, who defeated Britain’s Dermot Bailey 6-2, 6-0. Eighth seed Daniel Caverzaschi also notched up a comfortable win defeating Massimiliano Banci 6-0, 6-0.
In the women’s draw the top four seeds all enjoyed byes into the quarter-finals and will be joined by Shuker, fellow Brit Louise Hunt, Charlotte Famin and Kgothatso Montjane.
In the quad round robin Shaw won the battle of the Brits after defeating Richard Green in straight sets 6-2, 7-5.
Top seed Itay Erenlib also enjoyed a winning start in the quad round robin after easing past Laura Swetman 6-0, 6-0. Play continues tomorrow with women’s quarter-final, men’s second round and quad round robin action.