Jordanne Whiley and Alfie Hewett both secured smooth progress into the women’s semi-finals and men’s quarter-finals respectively at the Bath Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.
On a busy second day of play Whiley and Hewett led the British success with Hewett teaming up with fellow Brit Dave Phillipson to book their place in the semi-finals of the men’s doubles. Eighteen-year-old Hewett, who won two silver medals at the Rio Paralympics, eased past Martin de la Puente 6-0, 6-1.
“I’m really pleased with the result today, I felt I came out on court and was just having one of those days where everything I hit was going in. I came up through the ranks as a junior with Martin and he’s a good player so I’m pleased to get the win,” said Hewett.
“I’ve beaten everyone else who is left in the draw so I’m feeling confident about tomorrow. I haven’t actually played singles for a while because I’ve been concentrating on doubles, having been at the Doubles Masters. I had a week off as well, which I think has done me the world of good and I’m feeling really refreshed.”
Hewett will play fifth seed Maikel Scheffers for a place in the semi-finals. Fellow Brit Dave Phillipson had a tough test against second seed Gustavo Fernandez, who powered through 6-1, 6-1 to end Phillipson’s run.
For Whiley it was her first tournament back following time out with injury after the Rio Paralympics. She overcame some first set nerves, having been pulled back from 5-2 to 5-4 by Charlotte Famin of France, to come through 6-4, 6-0.
“I’m really pleased to get the win,” said Whiley. “It’s my first tournament back since Rio and I’ve only done some really light training so I’m a bit rusty. It’s nice to get back on court, though, ahead of the Singles Masters in two weeks’ time.”
Lucy Shuker, Whiley’s doubles partner from Rio, was unable to join Whiley in the semi-finals as she lost to fourth seed Diede de Groot 6-2, 6-0. Whiley will now face de Groot for a place in the final whilst top seed Marjolein Buis will play Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany in the other semi-final after Ellerbrock defeated University of Bath alumni Louise Hunt 6-2, 6-3. Buis came through a marathon match against Kgothatso Montjane 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
Britain’s James Shaw maintained his 100% record in the quad round robin event with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Laura Swetman. Top seed Itay Erenlib also maintained his 100% record after defeating Richard Green 6-2, 6-1. In the men’s doubles there was further success for Hewett as he joined forces with Phillipson to comfortably beat Mauro Curioni and Luca Spano 6-0, 6-0. They will play top seeds Joachim Gerard and Stefan Olsson for a place in the final.
The other semi-final will see Maikel Scheffers and Gustavo Fernandez play Daniel Caverzaschi and Evans Maripa after both pairings came through their quarter-finals in straight sets.
Shuker and de Groot, fresh from victory at the recent Doubles Masters Championships, will face fellow Briton Hunt and her partner Kgothatso Montjane in the semi-finals after Shuker and de Groot received a bye and Hunt and Montjane beat Lauren Jones and Sarah Gaisford 6-1, 6-0.