Gordon Reid dropped only one set to claim the title
Gordon Reid & Alfie Hewett claimed the doubles title
Lucy Shuker & Jordanne Whiley made the single semi-finals
LOUGHBOROUGH, UK – Gordon Reid moved one step closer to levelling up the head to head with Alfie Hewett as Reid claimed the singles title.
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Gordon Reid was the second seed in Loughborough and so had a bye into the second round. In the second round Reid was up against Casey Ratzlaff. The American stayed with Reid at the start of the set, but the Brit managed to break and take the lead. The American faded and could not re-group as Reid dominated the second set to move into the quarter-final 6-3, 6-1.
The quarter-final saw Reid up against eighth seed Daisuke Aral. The Japanese was out of his depth in the first set as the Brit dominated and was in full control. The second seed did not drop a game in the set. In the second set Aral managed to hold serve twice, before the Brit once again dominated the set to move into the semi-final in straight sets 6-0, 6-2.
In the semi-final Reid was against fifth seed Maikel Scheffers. The Dutchman found Reid too strong in the first set, as the Brit dominated to take the lead. In the second set Scheffers found his game, but was unable to stop the second seed from breaking to book a spot in the final 6-2, 6-4.
The final saw a familiar match up, as Reid was facing his doubles partner Alfie Hewett. The pair have regularly faced each other with Hewett leading at this point 16-12. Hewett was the top seed, and in the first set showed why as he dominated Reid. Breaking the second seed serve for the first time in the match. Reid managed to re-group though and stay toe to toe with the top seed. Finally Reid got the breakthrough as broke as a tiebreak looked imminent. The final set saw both players going for the win, however, Reid obtained the vital break of serve to take the victory 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.
As top seeds in the doubles, Reid & Hewett had a bye into the quarter-final. Here they faced the only other Brits in the draw Ben Bartram & Dahnon Ward. The top seeds wasted no time in dispatching their opponents, who were unable to get any games on the board. Reid & Hewett moved into the semi-final without losing a game 6-0, 6-0.
In the semi-final the Brits were against the third seeds Takuya Miki & Jef Vandorpe. Reid & Hewett continued their great form from the previous round, and totally dominated the Japanese/Belgian. The third seeds were outplayed and only managed to win one game. Reid & Hewett moved into the final 6-1, 6-0.
The final pitched the Brits against the Dutch second seeds Schaffers & Ruben Spaargaren. Reid & Hewett strolled through the final, once again only losing one game. The top seeds lost two games the whole doubles tournament. Domination at its best. Reid & Hewett took the doubles title 6-0, 6-1.
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Lucy Shuker was fourth seed and so had a bye into the second round. Her first opponent was fellow Brit Louise Hunt. Shuker dominated the first set to take the lead. The second set was more of the same, although Hunt played better Shuker still broke through and took the match 6-2, 6-3.
The quarter-final opponent for Shuker was seventh seed Katharina Kruger. The German found herself on the wrong end of a break in the first set and could not get back on terms. In the second the German played better and forced a tiebreak with Shuker. The Brit though was in full control and dominated the breaker to take the victory 6-3, 7-6)0).
In the semi-final Shuker came up against the top seed Aniek Van Koot. Unfortunately for Shuker the Dutch player was in full flow and dominated both sets to move into the final in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
Jordanne Whiley was the second seed, so also received a bye into the second round. The Brits first opponent was Louise Willerslev-Olsen. The Dane was no match for Whiley who strolled through the match without dropping a game. The Brit moved into the quarter-final 6-0, 6-0.
In the quarter-final Whiley was against Jiske Griffioen. The Dutch player was more of a match for the Brit, however Whiley still managed to break serve early in the first set to take the lead. The second set was much closer as Griffioen stayed with the Brit until near the end of the set when Whiley secured the break and moved into the semi-final 6-3, 7-5.
The semi-final saw the second seed against the American third seed Dana Mathewson. Whiley dominated the first set to take the early lead. Unfortunately, Mathewson fought back to level the match. The final set was very close, with a tiebreak in the offing. However, the American managed to break serve and clinch the spot in the final 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Shuker & Whiley teamed up for the doubles and were the top seeds. In the quarter-final the Brits were against the Japanese pair of Saki Takamuro & Manami Tanaka. The Brits dominated the match and only lost three games to move into the semi-final 6-1, 6-2.
The semi-final saw Shuker & Whiley against Cornelia Oosthuizen & Willerslev-Olsen. The top seeds dominated the first set, losing only one game. However, Oosthuizen & Willerslev-Olsen fought back in the second to tie and force a tiebreak. However, the top seeds were too strong and broke serve to move into the final 6-1, 7-5.
In the final Shuker & Whiley were against Griffioen & Van Koot. The Brits claimed the first set by breaking the Dutch serve. However, the Dutch then fought back and levelled up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak, it was the Dutch that dominated to take the title 4-6, 6-4, 10-3.
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