Andy Lapthorne at The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters 2017 | (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images for The Tennis Foundation)

Tennis | Wheelchair Tennis | Andy Lapthorne, Gregory Slade & Lucy Shuker claim titles in Bolton

By Glenys Furness

  • Andy Lapthorne & Gregory Slade claim the quad doubles
  • Lucy Shuker claims the womens singles
BOLTON, UK – Andy Lapthorne & Gregory Slade teamed up for the Quad doubles and claimed the title. Lucy Shuker took the womens title, and was runner up in the doubles.


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Andy Lapthorne paired up with Gregory Slade at the ITF event in Bolton, the Brits were the second seeds. As a result Lapthorn & Slade received a first round bye. In the quarter-final the Brits were against Nathan Freeman & Julian Montero. The Brit/Spaniard were of no match for the seeds. Lapthorne & Slade strolled through the match without losing a game. The Brits moved into the semi-final 6-0, 6-0.

The semi-final saw Lapthorne & Slade against the third seeds Richard Green & Petter Edstrom. The Brit/Swede should have been closer to the second seeds, however the all British pair dominated the match. Lapthorne & Slade broke at will and moved into the final in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.

In the final the Brits were against the top seeds, and Lapthorne’s usual doubles partner. David Wagner was with fellow American Bryan Barten. This was the closest match so for for the Brits. The first set saw the American top seeds dominate to take the lead. However, Lapthorne & Slade re-grouped in the second set and fought hard to level the match. The final would be decided by a match tie break. In the breaker it was the second seeds who managed to get the mini break and get ahead. Lapthorne & Slade claimed their first quads double title 2-6, 7-5, 10-6.

Quad Singles

In the singles Lapthorne was the top seed and again had a bye into the next round. In the second round Lapthorne was against Slade, and the top seed dominated the match from start to finish. Slade was unable to get on the serve of the top seed and Lapthorne moved into the next round 6-1, 6-2.

The quarter-final saw Lapthorne against sixth seed Kei Usami. The Japanese player struggled against the Brit, who again dominated the match. Lapthorne broke at will, strolled through the match and lost only one game to move into the semi-final 6-1, 6-0.

In the semi-final the Brit was against the third seed Barten, the American tried to make a match of it, but Lapthorne was too good. Barten could not break the serve of the top seed. Lapthorne eased through the match and reached the final 6-2, 6-2.

The final saw Lapthorne against the second seed Wagner. The American managed to break serve in the first set and take the lead. Lapthorne tried to fight back in the second and forced a tiebreak. The breaker was extremely close, but it wass the second seed that edged through to claim the title 6-4, 7-6(9).


Womens event

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Lucy Shuker was the second seed at the event, and so had a first round bye. In the second round the Brit was against Nalani Buob. The Swiss found Shuker tough to handle, and the Brit dominated the whole match from start to finish. Buob tried to stay with Shuker but the second seed was too good and moved into the quarter-final 6-2, 6-1.

The quarter-final saw the Brit against fifth seed Manami Tanaka. The first set was very tight, as both players tried to get ahead in the match. Eventually, a tiebreak ensued and Shuker edged through to take the lead. The second set saw the Brit secure a break of serve and moved into the semi-final 7-6(6), 6-4.

In the semi-final Shuker was up against fourth seed Zhu Zhenzhen. The Chinese player tried to stay with the Brit in the match, but Shuker was not going to give in. The Brit secured the break of serve and moved into the lead. The second set was closer, but the Brit still managed to break the serve of Zhenzhen to take the match 6-3, 6-4.

The final was set to be a showdown with third seed Dana Mathewson. Unfortunately, the American had to withdraw from the final, handing Shuker the title 0-0 (RET).

In the doubles Shuker and Mathewson were playing together and were the top seeds. In the quarter-final the Brit/American pair were against Lizzy De Greef & Shiori Funamizu. The Dutch/Japanese pairing pushed hard in the first set trying to get the break of serve. However, it was the top seeds that finally secured the break of serve and took the lead. The second set saw the top seeds dominate and move into the semi-final 7-5, 6-1.

The semi-final saw Shuker & Mathewson against the third seeds Macarena Cabrillana & Maria Florencia Moreno. The third seeds stayed with the Brit/American at first, but then the top seeds secured the break of serve and took the lead. The second set saw Shuker & Mathewson dominate and book a spot in the final 6-4, 6-1.

In the final the Brit/American were against the second seeds Tanaka & Zhenzhen. The top seeds secured a break of serve in the first set to take the lead. However, the second seeds re-grouped in the next and broke serve to level the match. A tiebreak would settle where the trophy went. After a very long breaker it was the second seeds who prevailed to take the title 3-6, 6-4, 12-10.


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Wheelchair Round Up

Ruby Bishop was defeated by Maria Florencia Moreno in the first round 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Cornelia Oosthuizen was defeated by Lizzy De Greef in the first round 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

Debbie Brazier was defeated by Wendi Schutte in the first round 6-1, 6-1.

Robyn Love was defeated by Elizabeth Williams in the first round 6-2, 6-2.

Helen Bond was defeated by Louise Willerslev-Olsen in the first round 6-1, 6-1.

Ben Bartram was defeated by Casey Ratzlaff in the first round 7-5, 6-2.

Dahnon Ward was defeated by Maikel Scheffers in the second round 6-0, 6-1.

Dermot Bailey was defeated by Nicolas Peifer in the second round 6-4, 6-2.

Cornelia Oosthuizen with Katharina Kruger were defeated by Lizzy De Greef & Shiori Funamizu in the first round 6-3, 6-7(5), 10-5.

Helen Bond & Debbie Brazier were defeated by Louise Willerslev-Olsen & Elizabeth Williams in the first round 6-1, 6-0.

Ruby Bishop with Maayan Zikri were defeated by Macarena Cabrillana & Maria Florencia Moreno in the quarter-final 6-1, 6-1.

Dahnon Ward with Frederic Cattaneo were defeated by Tom Egberink & Nicolas Peifer in the quarter-final 6-2, 6-1.

Kevin Lewis & Ruairi Logan were defeated by Takuya Miki & Casey Ratzlaff in the quarter-final 6-1, 6-0.

Dermot Bailey & Ben Bartram were defeated by Daniel Caverzaschi & Martin De La Puente in the quarter-final 6-3, 6-1.

Dan Pennington-Bridges was defeated by James Shaw in the second round of the Quads 6-0, 6-0.

Nathan Freeman was defeated by Kim Kyu-Seung in the second round in the Quads 6-0, 6-1.

Gary Cox was defeated by David Wagner in the second round in the Quads 6-1, 6-1.

Richard Green was defeated by Bryan Barten in the quarter-final in the Quads 6-3, 7-5.

James Shaw was defeated by David Wagner in the semi-final in the Quads 6-3, 6-0.

Gary Cox & James Shaw were defeated by Mitch McIntyre & Kei Usami in the first round in the Quad doubles 6-3, 2-6, 10-8.

Dan Pennington-Bridges with Konstantin Voglis were defeated by Richard Green & Petter Edstrom in the quarter-final of the Quad doubles 6-0, 6-0.



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