Abbasi, Un earn Wrexham Wheelchair Tennis Tournament titles as Brits win doubles

Abbasi, Un earn Wrexham Wheelchair Tennis Tournament titles as Brits win doubles
Asif Abbasi and Antony Cotterill, men’s singles finalists

Asif Abbasi and Busra Un won the men’s and women’s singles titles as the 2017 Wrexham Wheelchair Tennis Tournament drew to a close to deny Brits Antony Cotterill and Fay Dutfield-Horton home wins at the ITF Futures Series event.

Meanwhile, Ruairi Logan and Scott Smith sealed their second ITF Futures men’s doubles title of the year to follow up their victory in Sheffield in April.

With the last day of play at Wrexham Tennis Centre beginning with the men’s single semi-finals, Abbasi, playing under the flag of his native Pakistan, edged 15-year-old Logan 7-6(1), 6-4 to end Logan’s hopes of reaching his second ITF Futures singles final of the year.

Quad singles world No.8 Antony Cotterill maintained his challenge for his first men’s singles title on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour after beating seventh seed John Lambert 6-3, 6-0 in the other semi-final. However, Abbasi proved too strong in the title decider, prevailing 6-2, 6-4.

Men's doubles finalists, Wrexham Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Men’s doubles finalists: champions Logan & Smith (right) and Johnson-Rolfe & Langeveld

Logan and Smith earned another straight sets win as they lived up to their top seeding in the men’s doubles, winning the final against second seeds Ben Johnson-Rolfe and Mark Langeveld 6-3, 6-2.

Busra Un and Fay Dutfield-Horton, women's singles finalists, Wrexham Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Busra Un and Fay Dutfield-Horton, women’s singles finalists

Un completed the tournament with both the women’s singles and doubles titles. Turkey’s former world No.30 earned a confident 6-2, 6-0 win over Dutfield-Horton after the British player’s progress to the singles final of her first IT Futures tournament.

The Tennis Foundation is organising or supporting eight tournaments on the 2017 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, the next of which is the ITF 1 Bath Indoor from 14-18 November.

Final Draws 

21/10/17

Two new names will be added to the men’s and women’s singles rolls of honour on Sunday’s last day of Wrexham Wheelchair Tennis Tournament after the first of the ITF Futures titles was decided in the women’s doubles on Saturday’s penultimate day of play at Wrexham Tennis Centre.

Just two seeds – top seed Ruairi Logan and seventh seed John Lambert – remain in contention for the men’s singles title after back-to-back wins over seeded opposition for Rio Paralympian Antony Cotterill and Asif Abbasi.

Cotterill, a member of Great Britain’s World Team Cup-winning quad team earlier in the year, has displayed his talent and experience to fine effect in a rare appearance in a men’s singles draw, earning back-to-back straight sets wins over Israeli fourth seed Guy Sasson and sixth seed Steve Crompton to date.

Anony Cotterill at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships
Antony Cotterill

Cotterill faces another greatly experienced player in seventh seed John Lambert in his semi-final after Lambert upset second seed and former National champion Scott Smith 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in Saturday’s quarter-finals.

While Ruairi Logan and Asif Abbasi’s experience may not match that of Cotterill and Lambert, both Logan and Abbasi have earned straight sets wins on each of the first two days of competition to book a semi-final against each other. Top seed Logan will go into Sunday’s semi-final aiming to reach his second ITF Futures final of the year after finishing runner-up in Sheffield in April.

Sunday’s last day of play could potentially see Logan contest three matches as he is also through to the men’s doubles final partnering Smith. The top seeds will face second seeds Ben Johnson-Rolfe and Mark Langeveld.

Women's doubles finalists, Wrexhham Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Women’s doubles finalists: Champions Val Fisher and Busra Un (right)

The women’s singles has seen a memorable debut at ITF Futures level for Fay Dutfield-Horton. Dutfield-Horton opened her campaign by defeating second seed Susanne Edwards 6-4, 6-4 and followed that performance by beating close friend, third seed and 2016 Wrexham finalist Andrea Weston 6-2, 6-3 in the semi-finals.

Dutfield-Horton is likely to face a much tougher challenge in Sunday’s final after former world No. 30 Busra Un reached her second final in just two tournaments since representing Turkey at the Rio Paralympics.

With Un playing in what is only her second event since Rio she currently has no world ranking and is therefore unseeded. However, after dropping just one game to fourth see Helen Bond, Un defeated top seed Caroline Macdonald 6-7, 6-1, 6-1 and will now seek to follow up her ITF Futures Vilnius Open victory early last month.

Un already has the women’s doubles title to her name after partnering Britain’s Val Fisher to victory. Fisher and Un beat top seeds Suzanne Edwards and Jessica Webb 6-2, 6-1 in the final.

19/10/17

Britain’s top ranked junior Ruairi Logan and former National Championships finalist Caroline Macdonald top the men’s and women’s singles seedings for the ITF Futures Wrexham Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, the sixth of eight tournaments in Britain on the 2017 UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

The 23 entries for the men’s singles at Wrexham Tennis Centre include players representing Austria, Ghana, India, Israel and Pakistan. Meanwhile, the home entry includes Rio Paralympian and world No. 10 ranked quad player Antony Cotterill and former National Champion Scott Smith, as well as two-time Invictus Games gold medallist Alex Krol.

While Macdonald is top seed for the women’s singles, third seed Andrea Weston returns to Wrexham a year on from reaching her first ITF Futures singles final at the 2016 tournament.

However, the home players are likely to face a strong challenge from former world No. 30 Busra Un, who arrives in Wrexham without a current ranking after contesting just one tournament since representing Turkey at the Rio Paralympics.