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

Tennis | Wheelchair Tennis Round Up | Lapthorne claims title in Vendee

By Glenys Furness

  • Andy Lapthorne claimed the Quads title in France
  • Lapthorne didn’t drop a set
  • Lucy Shuker made the final
VENDEE, LOIRE, FRANCEย  – Andy Lapthorne claimed his second singles title of the year. Lucy Shuker made the final in the ladies event.


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Andy Lapthorne entered the Quads event in France and was the top seed. In the first round the Brit was against Pierlin Angeli. The French Wildcard was no match for Lapthorne who dominated from the outset. The Brit broke at will and soon had the match won. Lapthorne took the match in straight sets 6-0, 6-1.

The semi-final saw the Brit against Brazilian Leandro Pena. The first set was close to start with as Pena stayed with Lapthorne. However, the Brit managed to break serve and take the lead. The second set was more of the same. Although the Brazilian managed to stay with the Brit at the beginning, Lapthorne once again secured the break of serve to move into the final 6-3, 6-3.

In the final Lapthorne was against Ymanitu Silva. The Brazilian had defeated the second seed in the previous round and was looking to do the same to the top seed. However, the first set was dominated by the Brit who lost only one game to move ahead. The second set was a bit closer, as Silva started to find his range. However, Lapthorne was not going away, and broke serve to claim the title 6-1, 6-3.


Ladies Event

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Lucy Shuker was the second seed in the ladies draw and received a bye in the first round. The quarter-final saw the Brit against Charlotte Fairbank. The Frenchwoman managed to stay with Shuker at the start, before the Brit was able to break serve and take the lead. The second set was closer, as Fairbank tried to fightback. However, Shuker managed to get the break of serve to take the match 6-3, 6-4.

In the semi-final the Brit was against Maria Florencia Moreno. The Argentine tried to stay with the Brit in the first set, but Shuker secured the vital break of serve to take the lead. The second set was more of the same, as the Argentine was unable to get back into the match after being broken again in the set. Shuker moved into the final in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.

The final saw Shuker against top seed Zhu Zhenzhen. The Brit dominated the first set as the Chinese player couldn’t stay with Shuker. The second set saw the top seed re-group, and push Shuker. The Brit stayed with Zhenzhen at the start of the set, before the Chinese player broke serve to level up the match. The final set saw the top seed step things up, and although Shuker tried hard to stay with the Chinese, the Brit just could not get by the top seed. Zhenzhen took the match 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.



Wheelchair Round Up

Lucy Shuker with Shiori Funamizu were defeated by Pauline Deroulede & Emmanuelle Morch in the semi-final 6-2, 7-5.

Gregory Slade was defeated by Koji Sugeno in the first round 6-0, 6-1.

Andy Lapthorne & Gregory Slade were defeated by Daisuke Ishito & Koji Sugeno in the first round 6-4, 6-4.