Shuker sets up all-Brit women’s quarter-final at Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

Shuker sets up all-Brit women’s quarter-final at Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

Image caption: Lucy Shuker

Lucy Shuker set up an all-Brit quarter-final against Louise Hunt on the second day of Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, while elsewhere in the women’s singles the tournament’s first seeded player exited the ITF 2 event.

There were few problems for the eight seeded players in the men’s singles as Marc McCarroll maintained his bid for back-to-back singles titles in the North West. Meanwhile, Antony Cotterill became the first player to book his place in the quad singles semi-finals at USN Bolton Arena.

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

Second seed Shuker earned a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 victory over fellow Brit Lauren Jones to set up a meeting with British No.3 Hunt. With Hunt being one of three players already through to the last eight, the five women’s matches on the second day of play included a defeat for seventh seed Dana Mathewson. Mathewson lost out to Italy’s Giulia Capocci 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, ending the American’s hopes of following up on her singles victory at last week’s Preston Indoor.

Capocci’s reward is a quarter-final against Dutch fourth seed Michaela Spaanstra, who beat Sweden’s Rebecka Bellander 6-3, 6-1.  Top seed and 2016 Bolton finalist Marjolein Buis and South African’s world No.10 Kgothatso Montjane also advanced without dropping a game. Buis next faces Japanese eighth seed Manami Tanaka, with Montjane playing French sixth seed Charlotte Famin for a place in the semi-finals.

After beating Romania’s Mihai Gaita in his second match at last week’s Preston Indoors, McCarroll opened his bid to add the Bolton Indoors title with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Gaita this time. The seventh seeded Brit goes on to play fourth seed Tom Egberink after the Dutchman’s 6-0, 6-1 win over Italy’s Ivan Tratter.

Marc McCarroll at Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Marc McCarroll

Top seed Stefan Olsson, the 2016 Bolton Indoor champion and Wimbledon runner-up, began the defence of his men’s singles title by defeating Austrian veteran Martin Legner 6-0, 6-2. Fourteen-year-old Brit Ruairi Logan was unable to follow up his second win over a Top 100 payer in successive weeks in the first round and Logan bowed out to South African fifth seed Evans Maripa 6-2, 6=2. Maripa plays world No.7 Olsson for a place in the last four.

Two Spaniards feature in the men’s quarter-finals after a straight sets win for Martin de la Puente, while Daniel Caverzaschi progressed after his opponent retired. De la Puente now meets Japanese third seed Takuya Miki after overcoming Israel’s Adam Berdichevsky 6-4, 6-3. Caverzaschi led Chile’s Diego Perez 5-2 when Perez retired, handing Caverzaschi a quarter-final against Dutch world No.8 Maikel Scheffers. Scheffers is the only men’s singles quarter-finalist yet to drop a game after beating Brit Keith Thom 6-0, 6-0.

Antony Cotterill at Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Antony Cotterill

Third seed Cotterill will play either fellow Brit Richard Green or Israeli top seed Shraga Weinberg in the quad singles semi-finals after beating Germany’s Marcus Laudan 6-0, 6-2 in the only quad singles match of the day.

Bolton Indoor Draws – Day 2

Order of Play – Thursday, 23 February 2017