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

Tennis | Wheelchair Tennis | Andy Lapthorne & Jordanne Whiley make final in Le Touquet

  • Andy Lapthorne made the final in France
  • Jordanne Whiley was defeated by her doubles partner
  • Whiley & Yui Kamiji claimed the doubles title
LE TOUQUET-PARIS-PLAGE, FRANCE – Andy Lapthorne was the top seed in the Quads and made the final. Jordanne Whiley was the third seed on the womens side of the same event.


Quads Event

Andy Lapthorne entered the ITF event in Le Touquet and was the top seed, as such the Brit had a bye into the quarter-final. The Brit was up against Jérôme De Meyere. The Frenchman had dominated the first round and lost only one game before he encountered Lapthorne.

The Brit wasted no time getting into the match, Lapthorne dominated the set, without dropping a game, to take the lead. De Meyere tried to mount a fightback, but the top seed was just too strong for the Frenchman. The Brit eased through into the semi-final losing only one game 6-0, 6-1.

In the semi-final Lapthorne was against Shraga Weinberg. The Israeli was the fourth seed. Weinberg could not keep pace with the Brit. The top seed was on fire and took the game to Weinberg. The Brit dominated both sets, with the fourth seed unable to hold many service games. Lapthorne moved into the final 6-2, 6-2.

The final pitched Lapthorne against the third seed Niels Vink. The Dutchman got off to a slow start as the Brit broke serve and took the first set. Vink re-grouped to dominate the second set, losing only one game levelling up the match. The final set saw Vink break Lapthorne again to seal the victory 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Womens event

Jordanne Whiley was third seed and also had a bye into the quarter-final. The Brit was against Charlotte Fairbank who had also received a bye. Whiley dominated the first set as the Frenchwoman struggled to hold serve. The Brit closed out the first set easily. The second set was a little closer as Fairbank found her game. Fortunately, the third seed secured a break of serve to close out the match 6-1, 6-3.

In the semi-final the Brit was against the second seed Aniek Van Koot. The Dutch woman stayed close to Whiley in the first set until the Brit secured the break of serve needed. Whiley moved ahead and was one step closer to the final. In the second set Van Koot upped her game. Both seeds stayed toe to toe and a tiebreak ensued. Whiley managed to edge the breaker to book a spot in the final 6-3, 7-6(5).

The final saw Whiley against her doubles partner and top seed Yui Kamiji. The Japanese was in full control in the first set, as the Brit was unable to hold serve at all. Whiley re-grouped in the second set and levelled up the match breaking the Japanese serve. The final set was very close, unfortunately Kamiji broke right at the end to take the match 6-0, 2-6, 7-5.

Doubles events

Gordon Reid & Alfie Hewett were the top seeds in the men’s doubles and received a bye into the semi-final. Their opponents in the semi-final were Daniel Caverzaschi & Martin De La Puente. The Spaniards proved to be a tough challenge, as the first set was very close. The Brits & Spaniards wouldn’t give an inch, so a tiebreak ensued. The Brits edged through the breaker to take the lead. The second set was very much the same, with neither pair breaking serve. Another tiebreak followed, Reid & Hewett dominated the breaker to book the spot in the final 7-6(6), 7-6(2).

In the final the Brits were against the second seeds, and old rivals Stephane Houdet & Nicolas Peifer. The top seeds dominated the first set  to take the lead. The French pair regrouped in the second set, forcing a tiebreak as neither pair could break serve. In the tiebreak the French dominated to level the match, forcing a match tiebreak. The match tiebreak saw Houdet & Peifer secure the mini break and they didn’t look back as they took the title 2-6, 7-6(3), 10-5.

Antony Cotterill & Andy Lapthorne teamed up for the doubles and were the second seeds. Their first match was the semi-final against Petter Edstrom & Andrea Silvestrone. The Brits dominated the Swede/Italian progressing through into the final without too much trouble. The Brits took the match 6-2, 6-2.

The final saw the Brits against the top seeds Sam Schroder & Niels Vink. The Dutch were too strong for the Brits and dominated the whole match from start to end. Cotterill & Lapthorne only managed to get one game as they were defeated 6-1, 6-0.

Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji teamed up in the womens doubles and were the top seeds. Their first opponents were in the semi-final. The Brit/Japanese were against Lucy Shuker & Angelica Bernal. The Brit/Columbian forced a tiebreak in the first set, but Whiley & Kamiji edged ahead. The second set saw the top seeds break serve t0 take the win and book a spot in the final 7-6(6), 6-4.

The final saw the top seeds against the second seeds Macarena Cabrillana & Aniek Van Koot. Whiley & Kamiji had little trouble breaking the serve of the Chilean/Dutch pair in both sets. The top seeds claimed the doubles title 6-3, 6-3.

Wheelchair Round Up

Lucy Shuker was defeated by Yui Kamiji in the quarter-final in Le Touquet 6-1, 6-0.

Antony Cotterill was defeated by Niels Vink in the quarter-final in Le Touquet 6-2, 6-2.

Gordon Reid was defeated by Shingo Kuneida in the quarter-final in Le Touquet 6-2, 6-1.

Alfie Hewett was defeated by Gustavo Fernandez in the semi-final in Le Touquet 6-4, 6-1.

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