British Open Tennis gets Underway


The latest Wheelchair Tennis Tour event got underway in Nottingham on Tuesday as players begun play at the British Open.
In the biggest match of the day, the world number 10 Bryan Barten finally got the better of world number eight Sam Schroder for the first time in his career. Barten had been threatening, and in a thrilling match claimed a 7-6, 6-3 win over the Dutchman, revenge for the straight sets loss in Paris earlier this year and sends him through to the quarter-finals.
That quarter-final will see Australian Heath Davidson as the opponent as he destroyed Mitch McIntyre in a big victory. It was the heaviest win of the day as Davidson only dropped two games in the 6-2, 6-0 victory.
There were three other matches in the day and all of them went to three sets, by far the most thrilling was James Shaw, from Nottingham, winning an all British match against Richard Green. One set and 5-3 down,seemingly eliminated he surged back and claimed a 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 win over Green to advance.
Britain had another player in the quarters as world number nine Antony Cotterill managed a big come back to defeat American Greg Hasterok. Cotterill lost the first 1-6 before winning the next two 6-3, 6-3 to advance.
Brazilian Ymanitu Silva also had to fight back from a set down as he defeated Japan’s Shota Kawano 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
On the women’s side there was also a thrilling top ten matchup as number six Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands defeated number eight Kgothatso Montjane. After losing the opener 1-6, Buis recovered, winning the second in a tiebreak and forcing a third, which saw several rain delays,she eventually managed the win 6-3 in the third to advance.
Lucy Shuker was nearly stunned by Brazilian Natalia Mayara as she was surprisingly forced to a third set. After being 6-0, 5-0 up, and all but through, but Mayara came back and won seven straight games to force a third set. But eventually the British player managed the win, after a rain delay, winning 6-3.
An All-South American match up saw Colombian Angelica Bernal manage a straight sets victory over Chilean Macarena Cabrillana. That flatters Bernal a little, as she needed a second set tiebreak to win 6-1, 7-6.
The home crowd was left disappointed with the last match of the day as Japanese player Saki Takamuro made light work of British player Lauren Jones. She claimed a 6-4, 6-1 win, improving as the match went on to take the win.
On the men’s singles Shingo Kunieda started his quest for a sixth title in Nottingham as he made light work of Indian Manojkanth. Kunieda got a flawless start as he beat the unseeded player 6-0, 6-0 to show why he's the favourite.
The men’s singles was the most one sided of the group as four men’s players advanced with 6-0, 6-0 victories, with just two matches seeing both players win a game. Those matches were both lost by Spaniards as Maikel Scheffes and Takuya Miki won the matches 6-3, 6-2.

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