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St Louis | A British champion will be crowned this weekend

St Louis | A British champion will be crowned this weekend
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Andy Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill made sure there would be at least one British champion at the USTA US Open Wheelchair Tennis Championsips, both coming through their respective quads doubles semi-finals in straight sets.

World number two Lapthorne is also still on track to do the double out in St Louis with him continuing his singles campaign later today in a semi-final against Lucas Sithole

And with Lucy Shuker also featuring in the women’s doubles final and Alfie Hewett, with only Gustavo Fernandez standing in his way of making a third Super Series final in 2017, it could shape up to be a successful weekend for the players from the Tennis Foundation’s World Class Programme.

British No.1 Lapthorne and David Wagner booked their spot in the quads doubles with a 6-0 6-0 win over the pair seeded third Lucas Sithole and Nick Taylor.

This will be Wagner’s fourth and Lapthorne’s third Super Series final of 2017 and as the top seeds they will go in as favourites to lift the title.

But waiting at the other side of the net in the final is someone who we are used to seeing Lapthorne competing with rather than against, British No.2 Antony Cotterill.

 



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Antony Cotterill into doubles final in St Louis

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It was a close contest for Cotterill and partner Heath Davidson but they eventually triumphed in their semi-final against Bryan Barten and Sam Schroeder 7-6 7-5.

And by securing their spot in the final it also meant that there will be at least one British name on a trophy at the sixth and final Super Series tournament of the year.

More finalists decided

Number two seeds, Hewett and Gordon Reid bowed out of the men’s doubles competition, Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda coming out on top in straight sets 7-5 6-3.

Fernandez and Kunieda will now go on to face France’s dynamic duo Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in the final.

Houdet and Peifer have had an incredible year as a doubles partnership and by defeating Joachim Gerard and Takuya Miki 6-3 6-1 in their semi-final can now boast having featured in every Super Series final of 2017, which given how open the men’s division is at the minute says a lot about their strength and consistency as a team.

The women’s singles final will feature some familiar faces too.

By triumphing in their respective semi-finals Yui Kamiji and Diede de Groot will contest their third Super Series women’s singles final of the 2017 UNIQLO wheelchair tennis tour.






About The Author

Gemma-Louise Stevenson

I am a mulit-­platform broadcast journalist with experience in radio, TV and online – sports broadcasting and reporting is my passion and I have previously worked for the BBC as well as local broadcasting outlets. A former P.E. and dance teacher who also worked as a professional performer, my most memorable contract coming in 2012 when I appeared as a dancer in the Olympic Opening Ceremony directed by Danny Boyle, a career change has enabled me to fulfil a lifelong ambition and become a journalist. I have experience of reporting on most mainstream sports but my true passion lies in progressing the reporting of para-­sport, with disability tennis being a particular specialism. And outside of work I don’t just talk tennis, I also play it.

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