Andy Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill kick started a run of British success in style on the opening day of play in Bemmel.
Their straight sets win against Heath Davidson and Lucas Sithole 6-3 7-5 sees them not only begin their title defence with a victory on the board after their first round robin, but also Lapthorne get some donations banked for Stand Up 2 Cancer, the campaign which he has pledged 10% of his winnings from this and next weeks NEC Masters in Loughborough to.
Next up came Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett, who with a dominant display on centre court despatched of their opponents Frederic Cattaneo and Maripa Evans also in straight sets 6-0 6-1.
In a match that lasted just over 50 minutes both Reid and Hewett were not only hitting well they were serving well too, Reid holding to love in 50% of his service games, suggesting that they are going to be a real tour-de-force as the round robin stage progresses if they keep this standard up.
In the women’s draw there was guaranteed to be one British victor in the opener with Lucy Shuker and Louise Hunt on opposite sides of the net – Shuker partnering the USA’s Dana Mathewson and Hunt partnering the Netherlands Michaela Spaanstra.
And today it was second seeds Shuker and Mathewson who came out on top in straight sets 7-5 6-3
The action continues tomorrow but if you want a reminder of what happened on Centre Court today check out our live updates below.
That’s a wrap for today
Here’s a round-up of all of the results:
Stephane Houdet/Nicolas Peifer d. Daniel Caverzaschi/Martin de la Puente 6-1 6-1
Gustavo Fernandez/ Maikel Scheffers d. Carlos Anker/Ruben Spaargaren 6-0 6-1
Gordon Reid/Alfie Hewett d. Frederic Cattaneo/Evans Maripa 6-0 6-1
Joachim Gerard/Stefan Olsson d. Kamil Fabisiak/Martin Legner 6-0 6-1
Diede de Groot/Marjolein Buis d. Giulia Capocci/Katharina Kruger 6-2 6-1
Lucy Shuker/Dana Mathewson d. Louise Hunt/Michaela Spaanstra 7-5 6-3
Andy Lapthorne/Antony Cotterill d. Heath Davidson/Lucas Sithole 6-3 7-5
David Wagner/Nick Taylor d. Greg Hasterok/Kyu-Seung Kim 6-2 6-0
Straight set victory for De Groot and Buis
Top seeds Diede de Groot and Marjolein Buis got their doubles campaign off to a great start on the first day of the 2017 UNIQLO Doubles Masters.
The duo from the Netherlands defeated Italy’s Giulia Capocci and Germany’s Katharina Kruger in straight sets 6-2 6-1.
Racing to a 5-1 lead in the first set Buis only had to serve it out.
However Capocci and Kruger had different ideas and they broke keeping their first set hopes alive.
But with De Groot reminding us of the flashes of brilliance she had shown at the net in Bath as her confidence grows in this area of her game and Buis proving just as lethal there – her parting shot at the end of that first set coming at the end of the final game with a tricky to reach forehand down the middle – it could only delay the inevitable for one game.
And the first set belonged to the top seeds.
The second set saw play remain on serve until the Dutch dynamos once again took advantage of an early break and Buis getting her first service hold of the match – and in style as she did it to love.
This time there was no stopping De Groot and Buis after they got that break and they went on a five game run to close out the second set 6-1 and the match.
The Dutch pair make another break for it
This time it is De Groot’s turn to hold to love as the duo from the Netherlands consolidate their break of the Kruger serve and widen the gap on the scoreboard just like they did in the first.
De Groot/Buis lead 4-1
Buis gets her first service hold
And what a way to get it as she holds to love.
Play stays on serve at the beginning of this second set – De Groot/Buis lead 201
De Groot and Buis get the break….
And take the first set 6-2.
Buis comes into the net and with a light touch gets the volley just over.
De Groot too has been impressive at the net in this match so far showing that she is building in confidence from Bath where we saw flashes of brilliance from the World number 2 when it came to venturing away from the baseline.
Capocci and Kruger keep themselves in the first set
They break the Buis serve again to keep their first set hopes alive – it’s now up to Kruger to keep this momentum going as she serves to keep them in the first set.
De Groot/Buis lead 5-2
What a shot from Buis
With a forehand down the middle Buis consolidates the break of the Kruger serve this time and the gap starts to widen on the scoreboard.
De Groot/Buis lead 4-1
The Dutch Duo get the early break. . .
But fail to consolidate as Capocci and Kruger come back strong after going 2-0 down.
De Groot/Buis lead 2-1
We’ll be moving on to the women’s draw next with our live updates of the action on Centre Court.
There’s some great action to look forward to as Diede De Groot partners Marjolein Buis to take on Giulia Capocci and Katharina Kruger.
Whilst out on Court 4 there’ll be two more Brits in action – this time on opposite sides of the net as Lucy Shuker and Dana Mathewson go head-to-head with Louise Hunt and Michaela Spaanstra.
Doubles dominance for Reid and Hewett
It was a great day out on court for Britain’s Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett as they came out on top in their round robin opener against Frederic Cattaneo and Evans Maripa in straights sets 6-0 6-1.
In a match that lasted just over 50 minutes the dynamic duo Reid and Hewett dominated from the start racing to the end of the first set and getting a bagel.
Maripa and Cattaneo were giving it all they had though to get past the number two seeds but Maripa, who had showcased some stunning service games in the doubles final last week in Bath, was very inconsistent on serve handing his opponents a number of free points through double faults.
The second set looked to be going much the same way as the first until finally a breakthrough for the French/South African pairing in the fourth game of the second set, getting their first game on the board.
But it was only going to stop the Reid and Hewett machine for a moment and they continued their doubles dominance taking the next two games and leaving Reid only having to hold his serve to take the set.
Reid was serving brilliantly today, 50% of his service games in this match he held to love, and it looked like he would end the match with another love service hold but a couple of unforced errors – one from Hewett and one from Reid – granted Cattaneo and Maripa a temporary stay of execution.
At 40-30 up though Reid wasn’t going to risk going to deuce and he didn’t have to.
Maripa hit a shot that went wide in the final rally and the British duo took the game, second set and match.
Reid serving for the second set
Reid and Hewett take the next two games though and lead 5-1.
It’s now up to Reid to serve it out
First game on the board
They’ve had to pull out all of the stops to get past the dynamic duo of Reid and Hewett but they’ve done it!
Cattaneo/Maripa get their first game on the board.
Reid and Hewett lead 3-1
Second serve ace – why not?
Reid fires out a second serve ace to hold to love as there is a sense of deja-vu in this second set with both of the Brits holding serve but this time getting the early break of the Cattaneo serve.
Is there anything that can stop them today?
Reid and Hewett lead 3-0
First set Reid and Hewett
Maripa double faults and hands Reid and Hewett the break and first set.
They’ve only been on court 20 minutes but already you can see the British duo dominating points and attacking Maripa and Cattaneo’s serve like there’s no tomorrow.
They are communicating well and anticipating each others movement around the court with great skill.
Maripa and Cattaneo are really going to have to dig deep to get past the full force of the number two seeds in the second set.
Speedy set so far….
Reid and Hewett are dominating this first set they have taken the next two games and now lead 5-0.
Maripa will have to serve to keep him and Cattaneo in this first set.
And we’re off….
And what a set of opening service games from Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett both holding to love.
Couple that with a break of the Maripa serve and the top seeds lead 3-0 in this first set.
Onto to the men’s open division….
Just finished on Centre Court we’ve seen Gustavo Fernandez and Maikel Scheffers race to a straight sets victory over Ruben Spaargaren and Carlos Anker 6-0 6-1
Next up it’s time for Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett . .
They will make their way onto court at 4pm (UK Time) to take on Frederic Cattaneo and Evans Maripa in their opening round robin match
Game, Set and Match to the defending champions
Britain’s Andy Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill got their first win on the board on the opening day of the UNIQLO Doubles Masters in Bemmel.
They defeated number three seeds Heath Davidson and Lucas Sithole in straight sets 6-3 7-5 in their first round-robin match.
The victory not only gives them a great start to their title defence but also means Lapthorne, who has pledged to donate 10% of his winnings from both this tournament and the NEC Masters in Loughborough next week to Stand Up to Cancer, has already got some money in the pot for the cause.
— Andy Lapthorne (@lapstar11) November 22, 2017
The top seeds got off to the better start in this exchange taking the first set convincingly.
Cotterill was particularly impressive at the net, nothing was going to get past him today when it came his way.
— Tennis Threads (@TennisThreads) November 22, 2017
The second set saw Davidson and Sithole step up their game and they led for most of it.
They also had chances to close it out to force a decider.
But the defending champions did what defending champions do best and got the games on the board when it counts coming from 5-3 down to take the next four games, the second set and subsequently the match.
They’ll go on to face number two seeds David Wagner and Nick Taylor, who defeated Greg Hasterok and Kyu-Seung Kim 6-2 6-0 in their opener, in their next round robin match.
And Davidson and Sithole will take on Hasterok and Kim.
So get ready for some top class tennis action from the quads again on Thursday night.
Just one break of serve away from victory
There’s life in this second set yet the top seeds get the break then Cotterill holds.
Lapthorne/Cotterill now lead for the first time in the second set 6-5 and Sithole must serve to stay in the set and the match.
There’s life in this set yet
Sithole holds his serve to take him and Davidson 5-3 up in the second set.
But Lapthorne has been in these high pressure situations before and knows exactly what to do when it counts, keeping him and Ant in this set and forcing Davidson to serve for the second set.
Davidson/Sithole lead 5-4
Davidson and Sithole continue to lead
Both Davidson and Cotterill have their serves broken.
Cotterill was up 40-15 at one point in his service game but the number three seeds pulled it back taking it to Deuce twice before getting the break.
Davidson/Sithole lead 4-3 in the second set
Lapthorne and Cotterill begin their comeback
Lapthorne: “Come on let’s go.”
But the top seeds aren’t about to let this go without a fight – they take the next two games, Lapthorne holding serve for the first time since the second game of the first set.
Davidson/Sithole lead 3-2
Change of fortune
Much better from the number three seeds at the start of this second set – they’ve started to get their heads in the game and have dominated with some clever shots down the line and in difficult to get to areas of the court.
They break Lapthorne’s serve, Davidson holds, then Cotterill is broken for the first time in the match.
Davidson/Sithole lead for the first time in this match 3-0
First set to the defending champions
Another great service game from Cotterill followed by another break of the Davidson serve sees the Brits take the first set 6-3.
They are looking strong out there on court and despite a comeback at 4-1 down from the Australian/South African pairing, it’s the British duo getting off to the better start thanks to some great teamwork – Lapthorne with some powerful shots from the baseline allowing Cotterill to do his work at the net and Cotterill getting some important service holds at the right time.
Lapthorne and Cotterill continue to dominate but Davidson and Sithole keep themselves in it
This set is speeding by and Lapthorne shouts “Good one Ant!” as they hold serve to consolidate the break.
The defending champions then break the Davidson serve to take them 4-1 up before Davidson and Sithole go on a run breaking Lapthorne’s serve to stop them going up a double break and Sithole holding.
Lapthorne and Cotterill lead 4-3
Lapthorne and Cotterill get the early break
Davidson gets him and Sithole off to a strong start with a love service hold.
Lapthorne follows that up with a service hold of his own.
And then with some great coverage at the baseline from Lapthorne allowing Cotterill to hit some of his trademark volleys the Brits break the Sithole serve and are leading in the first set 2-1
And we’re off…….
Lapthorne/Cotterill and Davidson/Sithole are on centre court now warming up
Nearly time to begin
The action will begin at 12pm with Centre Court seeing Andy Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill take on Heath Davidson and Lucas Sithole.
— Andy Lapthorne (@lapstar11) November 22, 2017
And Court 4 will play host to another quads doubles match between Nick Taylor and David Wagner and Greg Hasterok and Kyu-Seung Kim.
Here’s the link to todays full order of play courtesy of the the ITF http://www.itftennis.com/media/276607/276607.pdf