Wheelchair Tennis Tour Completes With Bath Indoor Titles

Alfie Hewett celebrates his title (Photo: Tennis Foundation)

BATH, Eng., United Kingdom – The final wheelchair tennis tour event before the tour championship has been completed as both Alfie Hewett and Diede de Groot managed straight sets victories to claim the men’s and women’s singles titles on Saturday.

With the NEC Singles Wheelchair Masters coming up next week Hewett and de Groot have surely marked themselves as favourites for the major title.

Hewett was a convincing winner in the men’s singles final as he won 6-0 6-4 over Swede Stefan Olsson, the 2017 Wimbledon Champion. The win sees Hewett come into the season ending masters event with a world ranking of third, making him a strong contender for the title.

De Groot claims the women’s singles title with a simple 6-1, 6-2 victory over German world No. 4 Sabine Ellerbrock. The Dutchwoman than backed up well winning the women’s doubles final with British partner Lucy Shuker. The pair won the match 6-0, 7-5 with Ellerbrock also losing in that match with her partner Dutch Marjolein Buis, putting up a good fight in the second set but just couldn’t manage the win.

Following the loss in the men’s singles final, Olsson recovered well from that defeat, partnering with Belgian Joachim Gerard to win their second straight Bath Indoor title. The pair managed a tough win, claiming the title 7-6(2), 6-2, taking that momentum into the second set for the win.

In the quad tournaments, the singles was claimed by number one David Wagner with a surprise in the doubles as Brazilian Ymanitu Silva teamed up with South African

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Alfie Hewett Through to US Open Final

NEW YORK CITY – Two opponents who knew each other well did battle in the US Open semi-final, with Gordon Reid taking on Alfie Hewett in an all-British final on Saturday afternoon at the Grandstand court at the USTA Center in New York.

After two early breaks a piece, Reid broke to make it 4-3 with a love receiving game to claim that break and take charge of the set. At 15-30, down 5-4, Hewett hit a phenomenal return to get break point and claim the game to level it at 5-5, forcing extra games in the set. From there Hewett won two straight games, claiming the first set, thanks to two straight breaks to claim the first set 7-5.

Things continued to be tight in the second set, with the first five games of the set going on serve, before Hewett managed a break with two strong returns to make it 4-2. But Reid fought back, with a similar comeback and won the set 7-5 to force a third set.

That then saw the world number two take firm control of the match as he just tore apart his doubles partner to take a 4-0 lead in the set before Hewett held serve to give himself some hope, quickly winning three straight. That saw Hewett push the match to a third set tiebreak, to decide which of the two British men would advance to the final Grand Slam final of the year.

The tiebreak would prove just as competitive as the rest of the match, Hewett saved match point three times at 6-3 down in the tie break, before he got match point at 8-7. Reid would save that one but couldn’t save the next, falling 10-8 in the tiebreak, giving Hewett the 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 win knocking out the world number two, and his doubles partner, Gordon Reid.

US Open Field Finalized

Shingo Kunieda on the way to winning an earlier US Open title (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The final Grand Slam of the 2017 Wheelchair Tennis season, the US Open, has taken a big step as the field of athletes was announced on Tuesday, with the final invitees named.
The top seven ranked players in two singles divisions; men, women and the top three in quad, will be joined by three invitees to create eight player fields. The event returns after not being contested in 2016 due to a clash with the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
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Open de France gets Under way

Angelica Bernal (Photo: ITF)

There were some thrilling matches with several top seeds battling with each other at the Open de France with the three singles events all getting underway on Tuesday.

The biggest upset of the day was in the women’s singles as Colombian Angelica Bernal managed to take out the world number 10, German Katharina Kruger. She won fairly easily, claiming the match 6-0, 6-4 to move on to facing the world number one, Yui Kamiji in the next round.

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Kamiji goes top of Wheelchair Tennis World Rankings

Yui Kamiji at the French Open (Photo: IPC)

After a phenomenal start to the season Yui Kamiji has finally returned to the top of the women’s singles wheelchair tennis world rankings which were announced on Wednesday.

Kamiji has won 25 straight matches, winning two grand slams, the Australian and French Opens in the process. She claimed the French open title at Roland Garros this weekend which was enough to shoot her to the top of the rankings.

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Japan Open gets Started with big Second Round Matches set up

Shingo Kunieda in action (Photo: Ando Akria/ITF)

The ITF Japan Open is set for one heck of a second round men’s singles match as Shingo Kunieda and Gustavo Fernandez will meet in the second round following first round wins on Tuesday.

Both men are recent champions and they earned their wins in straight sets, with a number of the big players in the tournament advancing easily. The bottom half of the draw, which both men are in, was full of straight sets victory for the seeded players.

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France Defend World Team Cup

The French doubles combination (Photo: IPC)

France has claimed their eighth men’s wheelchair tennis World Team Cup title while Great Britain claimed the quad title as the tournament wrapped up on Sunday.

The men’s tournament came down to the top two seeds and was a thrilling tie as France managed a 2-1 win over Great Britain. Unlike the women’s final, the tie had to go down to the doubles match with France showing why they were favourites as they won the match.

A France v Britain final has been what the fans are used to seeing as the final of this tournament as they met for the second time in three years. Great Britain took the early advantage with Alfie Hewett managing a 6-3, 6-3 win over Nicolas Peifer.

That result put all the pressure on world number one Stephane Houdet as he took on the world number two Gordon Reid. Houdet was clinical as he kept France in the tie  with a 6-4, 6-3 win to send it to the doubles.

In the doubles, the four men, who have been long rivals fought hard but in the end it was France who got the win, defending their title. After breaking down the British resistance, France claimed the match 6-3, 6-0.

“The World Team Cup is about so much more than tennis,” said Houdet. “It means a lot because it’s not only the eighth, it was probably the toughest one to win having started the second singles 0-1 down and I played against Gordon, the Paralympic champion.”

It wasn’t all a bad day for Great Britain as they managed to claim the Quad championship, defeating surprise package Israel 2-1.

Israel continued to shock even in the final as they took the lead after winning the opening singles match. Noam Gershony was much too dominant for James Shaw as he managed an easy 6-2, 6-1 win to put Israel one win away from an incredible victory.

But Britain countered and forced the doubles match when Andy Lapthorne, world number three, managed to defeat Shraga Weinberg. Lapthorne won through in straight sets claiming it 6-3, 6-1 to set up a thrilling conclusion to the tournament.