Marc McCarroll and Dermot Bailey maintained the home challenge on the second day of Preston Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, although the Brit challenge came to an end in the women’s singles. There was better news in the quad doubles as Antony Cotterill and James Shaw booked their place in the final at South Ribble Tennis Centre.
As all four seeds advanced to the last four of the men’s singles top seed McCarroll raced past Romania’s Mihai Gaita 6-1, 6-1 to book a semi-final against Austrian veteran Martin Legner. Legner had a much tougher task, earning a tense 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-6(4) win over Israel’s Adam Berdichevsky.
There is the chance of an all-Brit men’s final, with fourth seed Bailey (left) through to meet French second seed Gaetan Manguy in the other semi-final. Bailey won his quarter-final against Italy’s Silviu Culea 7-6(5), 6-2, while Menguy ended the hopes of young Brit Ruairi Logan 6-1, 6-0.
The only upset in the seeding in the quarter-finals came in the women’s singles after Japan’s Manami Tanaka beat former Preston champion and third seed Louise Hunt 6-4, 6-4. Tanaka next plays South African top seed Kgothatso Montjane, who progressed 6-0, 6-0.
The Brit challenge in the women’s singles is over after American fourth seed Dana Mathewson defeated Suzanne Edwards 6-1, 6-0. Mathewson plays Dutch second seed Michaela Spaanstra for a place in the final after Spaanstra’s 6-1, 6-1 victory over Japan’s Saki Takamuro.
With Cotterill and Shaw already through to meet each other in the quad singles semi-finals after Thursday’s first day of play, the two Brits are also through to the quad doubles final. They will play Italy’s Alfredo do Cosmo and Sam Schroder of the Netherlands after defeating Petter Edstrom and Richard Green 6-4, 6-3. Second seeds di Cosmo and Schroder earned a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Gary Cox and Werner Pramenforder.
Brits are among both seeded partnerships for the women’s doubles, with Doubles Masters champions Hunt and Mathewson the top seeds. Second seeds Lauren Jones and Spaanstra are into the semifinals, as are Sweden’s Rebecka Bellander and Sanna Klindt, as well as Montjane and Elizabeth Williams of the USA.
Three of the four men’s doubles quarter-finals ended in deciding match tie-breaks, including the quarter-final involving Logan and Mark Langeveld. The British duo edged past Diego Amadori of Italy and Ben Johnson-Rolfe 5-7, 6-1, [10-8]. They will faces Italian second seeds Antonio Cippo and Culea next.