Marc McCarroll and Lucy Shuker ensured that there will be Brits in the semi-finals of all three main draw singles events during Thursday’s third day of Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.
Meanwhile, the women’s singles continued to produce upsets among the top seeded players as Italy’s Giulia Capocci and Charlotte Famin of France both booked their places in the last four.
McCarroll’s hopes of adding to his Preston Indoor men’s title took another step forward when the seventh seed advanced at the expense of fourth seed Tom Egberink of the Netherlands. McCarroll battled back from dropping the opening set of his quarter-final against Egberink and led 1-6, 6-4, 4-1 when Egberink retired in the third and final set.
McCarroll next attempts to dethrone reigning Bolton Indoor champion Stefan Olsson after the Swedish top seed’s 6-3, 6-3 victory over South Africa’s Evans Maripa.
Second seed Maikel Scheffers and third seed Takuya Miki will meet in the other men’s semi-final after both defeating Spanish opponents with relative ease. Scheffers beat sixth seed Daniel Caverzaschi 6-1, 6-1, with Miki taking one game less to see off eighth seed Martin de la Puente 6-1, 6-0.
Second seed Shuker moved to within one match of this year’s women’s final after a 6-3, 6-2 victory in her all-Brit quarter-final against fifth seed Louise Hunt. Shuker and Hunt are both previous runners-up in Bolton.
Capocci caused an upset for the second successive day as she claimed a first career win over Dutch fourth seed Michaela Spaanstra. Capocci’s 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory has earned her a meeting with a second Dutch opponent after 2016 Bolton Indoor finalist and top seed Marjolein Buis’s 6-1, 6-1 win over Japan’s Manami Tanaka.
After reaching the final of last week’s Preston Indoor, world No.10 Kgothatso Montjane’s hopes of going one better in Bolton came to an end against sixth seed Famin, who edged through their quarter-final 7-6(5), 6-4. Famin plays Shuker for a place in the final.
With Antony Cotterill already into the last four of the quad singles after beating Marcus Laudan on Wednesday, James Shaw was unable to join Cotterill in the semifinals after losing out to Laudan’s twin brother Maximilian. Maximilian beat fourth seed Shaw 6-3, 6-2 to earn his place in the semi-finals. where he will face Dutch second seed Sam Schroder. Cotterill is in line for a semi-final against top seed Shraga Weinberg of Israel.
Weinberg ended the hopes of Brit Richard Green 6-0, 6-1, while Schroder maintained his hopes of following up his Preston Indoor quad title after beating Italy’s Antonio Raffaele 6-2, 6-2.
Cotterill and Shaw are through to the quad doubles final after the top-seeded Brits beat Italian duo Alberto Corradi and Raffaele 6-3, 6-3. They will face Schroder and Weinberg in the final.
Meanwhile, Hunt and Shuker both feature in the women’s doubles semi-finals. Hunt and the USA’s Dana Mathewson defeated Jones and Capocci 6-0, 6-4 in their quarter-final.
Shuker and Buis are into the semi-finals after coming through their quarter-final against Russia’s Evgeniya Korotkina and Louise Willersley-Olsen of Denmark 6-0, 6-0.