Lucy Shuker and Alfie Hewett gained home success on Friday’s penultimate day of Bath Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament as the first title of the ITF 1 Series event went to quad singles world No.1 David Wagner of the USA.
Shuker secured-to-back women’s doubles titles partnering Diede de Groot of the Netherlands, while Hewett reached Saturday’s men’s singles final against Wimbledon champion Stefan Olsson of Sweden. The quad doubles title went to second seeds Ymanitu Silva of Brazil and South Africa’s Lucas Sithole.
The top two seeds, de Groot and Germany’s Sabine, will contest Saturday’s women’s singles final, while defending champions Joachim Gerard and Olsson will play Evans Maripa and Takashi Sanada in the men’s doubles final.
Top seed Wagner gained his twelfth quad singles title of 2017, beating Rio Paralympic champion and second seed Dylan Alcott of Australia 6-1, 0-6, 6-4.
Shuker and de Groot lived up to their top seeding in the women’s doubles, producing an assured performance to defeat Marjolein Buis and Ellerbrock 6-0, 7-5. Last year’s Doubles Masters champions are now unbeaten in three tournaments together.
Hewett’s men’s singles semi-final win over Japan’s Sanada was a somewhat less dramatic victory than he enjoyed in Thursday’s quarter-finals, when the 19-year-old world No.3 made a remarkable comeback from a set and 2-0 down to beat Belgium’s Joachim Gerard 0-6, 7-6(4), 7-5.
A rematch of July’s Wimbledon final saw Olsson once again defeat world No.1 Gustavo Fernandez, Olsson pulling through 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-1.
De Groot earned the opportunity of leaving Bath with the women’s singles and doubles titles for the second year in a row. The world No. 2 raced past Buis 6-0, 6-3 in their singles semi-final, while Ellerbrock held on to secure a straight sets win over Kgothatso Montjane 6-2, 7-6(4).
Alcott and his compatriot Heath Davidson were due to contest the quad doubles final, but the Ro Paralympic gold medallists withdrew, giving a walkover to Silva and Sithole.
Second seeds Gerard and Olsson dominated their men’s doubles semi-final against Spanish fourth seed Daniel Caverzaschi and Martin de la Puente, moving to within a match of defending their Bath Indoor title with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.
Britain’s Dermot Bailey and Belgium’s Jef Vandorpe got much closer to third seeds Maripa and Sanada in the other semi-final, but Maripa and Sanada progressed to the final 6-4, 6-4.