Burdekin, Lapthorne and Whiley win Japan Open doubles titles

Burdekin, Lapthorne and Whiley win Japan Open doubles titles

Image caption: Jamie Burdekin and Andy Lapthorne Photo Credit: Akira Ando

Jamie Burdekin and Andy Lapthorne claimed their second Super Series quad doubles title of 2016 as the Japan Open challenge for players on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme came to a successful conclusion with Jordanne Whiley also partnering Yui Kamiij to retain the women’s doubles title.

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid also finished runners-up in a men’s doubles Super Series final for the third time this year, but Reid’s bid to reach the Japan Open men’s singles final for the second year in a row came to an end in the semi-finals.

Burdekin and Lapthorne secured their latest victory over three-time Paralympic champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner when defeating the American top seeds 7-5, 6-2 in the quad doubles final.

“It was a great performance as a team today. We stuck together really well to get our second Super Series of the year and we can now go to next week’s World Team Cup with great confidence as we try to become world champions for the third time together.” said Lapthorne.

”We’ve put a lot of hard work in in at our Tennis Foundation doubles performance camps and it’s great to see all that hard work and the support we get from UK Sport for our programme paying dividends as we also look towards Rio.”

“Even though I didn’t play my best tennis this week we managed to win. I think we’re more aware of each other’s roles each time and we both want the same thing badly,” said Burdekin. ”We’ve done a lot of hard work and off court analysis at our Tennis Foundation doubles camps and we’ve got a plan for every doubles team we play.

“It can only stand us in good stead for the World Team Cup. It would mean such a lot to win it for a third time and it would obviously give us a massive confidence boost on the road to Rio. But we try not to look too far ahead and take it match by match.”

Burdekin and Lapthorne will join forces with Antony Cotterill at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup, which starts in Tokyo on Monday. The same trio of players lifted the World Team Cup quad title in 2014 after Burdekin and Lapthorne were also both members of the winning team in 2009.

Two-time Japan Open women's doubles champions Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji Photo Credit: Akira Ando
Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji, Photo Credit: Akira Ando

In the women’s doubles in Iizuka Whiley and Kamiji produced a dominant performance to retain their Japan Open title as they beat Dutch top seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 6-1, 6-1. It was their fourth Super Series doubles title together.

“I was disappointed with my singles this week after going out in the quarter-finals and I’ve not been feeling great, so it’s a great way to end the tournament by retaining our title. I really wanted to win here with Yui in her home country,” said Whiley. “It’s also an important win for me as I needed the points to stay in the world’s top four in doubles, so to produce such a good win over the current world No. 1 pairing is great.”

Second seeds Hewett and Reid have played all-French partnerships in all four Super Series finals they have contested, including when winning last July’s British Open. Their latest final saw the Brits finish runners-up to top seeds Stephane Houdet and Michael Jeremiasz, who took the title 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

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20/05/16

Gordon Reid booked his place in the men’s singles semi-finals before he and Alfie Hewett became two of five Brits on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme to earn places in Saturday’s three doubles finals during the fourth day at the Japan Open.

Jamie Burdekin and Andy Lapthorne also secured a place in their third Super Series quad doubles final of 2016, while Jordanne Whiley reached the women’s doubles final with Yui Kamiji for the second successive year.

World No.4 and third seed Reid beat Japanese seventh seed Takashi Sanada 6-3, 6-2 in his men’s singles quarter-final. Reid will now play Belgian second seed Joachim Gerard, the player he beat in the final of the Australian Open in January, in a bid to reach his second successive Japan Open singles final.

Hewett and Reid defeated Japan’s Takuya Miki and Dutchman Maikel Scheffers 6-3, 6-1 to earn a place in their fourth Super Series men’s doubles final as Reid advanced to the doubles final in Japan for the second successive year. Hewett and Reid will play French top seeds Stephane Houdet and Michael Jeremiasz for the title.

Defending women’s doubles champions Whiley and Yui Kamiji beat Kanako Domori and Sabine Ellerbrock 6-2, 6-2 and are also scheduled to play their final on Saturday, when they will face one of two possible Dutch pairings – either top seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot or Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot.

Burdekin and Lapthorne made it to their third Super Series final in three Super Series tournaments this year in the quad doubles after a tense 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 semi-final victory over third seeds Itay Erenlib of Israel and Lucas Sithole of South Africa. Burdekin and Lapthorne, winners of the Sydney International Open in January, meet American top seeds Nick Taylor and David Wagner in the final. Lapthorne will hope to reverse the result of his quad singles semi-final, which world No.2 Wagner edged 6-4, 6-4.

19/05/16

Andy Lapthorne moved into the quad singles semi-finals on another good day for the Brits at the Japan Open as Gordon Reid progressed to the men’s singles quarter-finals.

The success continued in the doubles events, too, with Alfie Hewett partnering Reid to the men’s doubles semi-finals, Jamie Burdekin teaming up with Lapthorne to reach the quad doubles semi-finals and Jordanne Whiley partnering Yui Kamiji to the women’s doubles semi-finals, although Whiley’s women’s singles challenge came to an end in the last eight.

World No. 4 Lapthorne will play American world No.2 David Wagner for a place in the quad singles final after coming through his all-Brit quarter-final against eighth seed Antony Cotterill 6-2, 6-2. Burdekin and Lapthorne also secured a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Sweden’s Anders Hard and Italy’s Antonio Raffaelle in their first quad doubles match of the tournament. The second seeds will now face the third seeds, Itay Erenlib of Israel and South Africa’s Lucas Sithole in the semi-finals.

World No.4 Reid moved another match closer to trying to reach the men’s singles final for the second successive year with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Korea’s Sung bong Han. Third seed Reid faces Japanese seventh seed Takashi Sanada in his quarter-final. There was a second 6-3, 6-0 win for Reid on the day as he partnered Hewett to defeat Japan’s Fujimoto and Nishimura in the men’s doubles quarter-finals. Second seeds Hewett and Reid face Japan’s Takuya Miki and Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands for a place in the final.

Whiley and Kamiji began the defence of their women’s doubles title with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over China’s Jin Lian Hung and Qing Xian Huang. They will play Ellerbrock and Japan’s Kanako Domori for a place in the final. However, Whiley’s singles challenge ended in a 6-2, 6-1 quarter-final loss to Germany’s world No. 5 Sabine Ellerbrock.

18/05/16

Jordanne Whiley advanced to the women’s singles quarter-finals and Andy Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill set up an all-Brit meeting in the last eight of the quad singles on the second day of play at the Japan Open.

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid also reached the men’s doubles quarter-finals, while Jamie Burdekin will now concentrate on the quad doubles partnering Lapthorne after bowing out of the quad singles.

Fourth seed Whiley will play fifth seed Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany for a place in the women’s singles semi-finals after the world No.4 opened her campaign by racing past Tomomi Miyama of Japan 6-0, 6-0.

In the quad singles Lapthorne beat the USA’s Bryan Barten 6-2, 7-6(5). Fourth seed Lapthorne goes on to play eighth seed Cotterill for a place in the semi-finals l after Cotterill got his Japan Open challenge underway with a 6-4 , 6-4 victory over Japan’s Shinichi Hirata.

Burdekin faced a tough opening singles match against the USA’s former world No.1 Nick Taylor and the American prevailed 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. After a first round bye Burdekin and Lapthorne will play Sweden’s Anders Hard and Italy’s Antonio Raffaele in their opening doubles match.

Reid resumes his men’s singles challenge on the third day of play in Fukuoka, but after beating fellow Brit Hewett in the first round of the singles, Reid and Hewett paired up to reached the last eight of the men’s doubles. The second seeds eased past Korea’s Sung-Bong Han and Ji-Hwan Lee 6-1, 6-0, setting up a quarter-final against Japanese duo Yoshinobu Fujimoto and Yusuke Nishumura.

17/05/16

Gordon Reid got the better of fellow Brit Alfie Hewett in three sets as the Brit challenge got underway on Tuesday at the Japan Open, the latest Super Series event on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Fukuoka.

Reid and Hewett are among six Brits on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme contesting the last tournament before the close of the international ranking qualification window for the Rio Paralympics. British No.1 Reid, the men’s singles runner-up in Japan in 2015, came through 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 against British No.2 Hewett.

Reid, who moved up one place to No.4 in this weeks’ world rankings before the start of the tournament, now plays Korea’s Sung-Bong Han for a place in the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, Hewett and Reid are second seeds for the men’s doubles ahead of beginning their bid to reach their fourth final together in four Super Series events In the last year. They face the all-Korean partnership of Han and Ji-Hwan Lee in their opening match.

After a bye, fourth seed Jordanne Whiley will begin her women’s singles campaign against Japan’s Tomomi Miyama as they play for a place in the last eight. Whiley is also teaming up with her six-time Grand Slam-winning partner Yui Kamiji in the women’s doubles. Whiley and Kamiji, last year’s Japan Open champions, are second seeds this year and have a bye into the quarter-finals.

All three Brits are seeded for the quad singles, with fourth seed Andy Lapthorne to play the USA’s Bryan Barten for a quarter-final berth. Seventh seed Jamie Burdekin also faces American opposition when he takes on former Nick Taylor while eighth seed Antony Cotterill will play Japan’s s Shinichi Hirata for a place in the last eight.

Burdekin and Lapthorne, winners of the first Super Series quad doubles title of 2016 in Sydney in January, are second seeds in Japan and take on Sweden’s Anders Hard and Italy’s Antonio Raffaele for a place in the semi-finals.