Ben Bartram at the British Open Wheelchair Championships, Nottingham, UK
Ben Bartram at the British Open Wheelchair Championships, Nottingham, UK | (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | Wheelchair Tennis Round Up | Bartram claims doubles title in Antalya

By Glenys Furness

  • Ben Bartram runner up in singles
  • Bartram with Dermot Bailey take doubles title
ANTALYA, TURKEY – Ben Bartram was runner up in the singles, and took the doubles title with Dermot Bailey.


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Ben Bartram was the top seed in Turkey and drew MA Yousif Khaleefah Hameedi. The Iraqi was no match for the Brit who dominated from the outset. Bartram dropped only three sets in the entire match, as the Iraqi struggled to get into the match. Bartram eased through into the next round 6-1, 6-2.

The quarter-final saw the Brit against another Iraqi, this time Nasser Mahdi Salih. The first set was very close, as neither player gave an inch. It looked to be heading to a tiebreak, however the Brit managed to secure the break of serve right at the end of the set to take the lead. The second set saw Bartram dominate and move into the next round 7-5, 6-2.

In the semi-final the top seed was against Maarten Ter Hofte. The Dutchman stayed close to Bartram in the first set, before the Brit broke serve and took the lead. The second set followed the same pattern, as Ter Hofte stayed with Bartram. Once again, though, the Brit broke serve and moved into the next round 6-4, 6-4.

The final saw Bartram against Hussein Hamid Hel. The Iraqi dominated the first set, as the Brit struggled to get into the match. However, the second set was much closer as the Brit stayed with the Iraqi. Eventually, though Hamid Hel broke serve and took the match 6-2, 6-4.

Men’s Doubles

Bartram teamed up with Dermot Bailey and the Brits were the top seeds. As a result, the Brits had a bye in the first round. Their first match was the semi-final and they were against Geoffrey Jasiak & Emirhan Toper. The Brits dominated from the outset. Jasiak & Toper were not able to get into the serve of the Brits, who broke more or less at will. The Brits eased through 6-1, 6-2.

The final pitched the Brits against Hamid Hel & Madhi Salhi. The Iraqis were unable to take to the court, and although not the way Bartram & Bailey would have wanted it to happen, the Brits took the title without having to hit the ball 0-0 (RET).



Wheelchair Round Up

Dermot Bailey was defeated by Maarten Ter Hofte in the first round 6-2, 6-3.

Cornelia Oosthuizen was defeated by Lizzi De Greef in the first round 6-3, 6-1.

Cornelia Oosthuizen with Nalani Buob were defeated by Wendi Schutte & Saki Takamuro in the semi-final 2-6, 6-3, 10-8.