Nottingham | Lapthorne on track for British Open double
Great Britain’s Andy Lapthorne remains on track for a potential British Open double after reaching the quad singles final on Day 4 of the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships. Lapthorne’s success was a highlight of a day that saw spectators at Nottingham Tennis Centre treated to some outstanding tennis, with finalists also decided in the women’s singles and the men’s and mixed doubles.
World No 2 Lapthorne put in an impressive performance to see off the challenge of the World No 4 Lucas Sithole from South Africa to book his place in Sunday’s final. Lapthorne, who is aiming to add a first British Open title to his collection, dominated from the start to take a 6-0 6-3 victory and set up a final clash with the USA’s World No 1 David Wagner.
It will be Lapthorne’s second final of the weekend in what is shaping up to be a successful British Open for him, having also reached Saturday’s quad doubles final alongside fellow Brit Antony Cotterill.
Lapthorne said “It’s really nice to be back in another final. I’ve just got to go do what I do and play as well as I can and try get to number 1 in the world. I’ve said for many years that’s my goal and that’s what I’m going to try and do by the end of the year and every win is a step towards that.”
Sunday’s women’s singles final will be contested between Diede De Groot of the Netherlands and Yui Kamiji after their respective semi-final victories over Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock and Marjolein Buis.
Elsewhere, Great Britain’s men’s doubles pairing of Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett missed out on a place in this year’s British Open final, losing in three sets to Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez and the Netherlands’ Maikel Scheffers. Reid and Hewett won the first set but were taken to a decider, and despite a fightback to draw level at 5-5 in the third, succumbed 3-6 6-1 7-5. The pair’s focus now switches to the men’s singles where they will face each other in the semi-final on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Fernandez and Scheffers will face French pair Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in Saturday’s men’s doubles final. The No 1 seeds claimed a straight sets 6-1 7-5 victory over Joachim Gerard and Stefan Olsson in the other semi-final.
British players will feature in four of this weekend’s seven finals, with Great Britain guaranteed at least one title as Lucy Shuker and Alfie Hewett will be on opposite sides of the net in the mixed doubles final. Shuker partnered Houdet to win their semi-final 7-5 6-2, while Hewett and Dana Matthewson of the USA claimed their final place with a 6-3 7-5 10-5 semi-final win.
As well as the men’s singles semi-finals featuring the much anticipated all British clash, Saturday’s action at Nottingham Tennis Centre will see the titles decided in the men’s, women’s and quads doubles.