By Glenys Furness
- Alfie Hewett claimed singles and doubles titles
- Jordanne Whiley made both finals
- Andy Lapthorne & Antony Cotterill were runners up
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND, UK – Alfie Hewett won both the singles and doubles at the British Open. Hewett and Gordon Reid were once again unstoppable in the doubles.
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Alfie Hewett entered the British Open in Nottingham and was the second seed. The Brit received a Bye into the second round. Hewett faced Ruben Spaargaren in the second round. The Brit had little trouble with the Dutchman and his game. The seed dominated both sets and eased into the quarter final for the loss of only one game 6-1, 6-0.
In the quarter-final the Brit was against the sixth seed Stephane Houdet. The Frenchman was no match for the Brit who continued the dominating form of the previous round. No matter what Houdet tried, Hewett was equal to it. The Brit moved into the semi final in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.
The semi-final saw the Brit against his doubles partner and fifth seed Gordon Reid. The first set was fairly close. Reid stayed with Hewett until the second seed secured the break of serve and moved into the lead. The second set was dominated by Hewett as Reid struggled to hold serve. Hewett moved into the final 6-3, 6-1.
In the final the Brit took on the top seed Shingo Kuneida. The Japanese put up a fight in the first set, but Hewett managed to find a way through to break and take the lead. In the second set the Brit dominated as Kuneida tried everything to get back on terms. Hewett went on to lift the title in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
In the doubles Hewett teamed up again with Gordon Reid and the Brits were the top seeds. As a result, Hewett & Reid had a bye into the quarter-final. In the quarter-final the Brits were against Daniel Caverzaschi & Martin De La Puente. The Spaniards were outplayed by the top seeds in the first set. The Brits dominated and broke easily to take the lead. In the second set Caverzaschi & De La Puente mounted a fight back, keeping toe to toe with the Brits. However, eventually Hewett & Reid secured the relevant break of serve to book a spot in the semi-final 6-2, 7-5.
The semi-final saw Hewett & Reid against third seeds Tom Egberink & Maikel Scheffers. The Dutch pair were tough opponents. The top seeds had to fight hard in the first set, but eventually managed to secure a break of serve to take the lead. The second set was even closer. Egberink & Scheffers stayed with the Brits and a tiebreak looked to be on the cards. However, Hewett & Reid managed to secure the break of serve right at the end of the set and moved into the final 6-4, 7-5.
In the final the Brits were against the second seeds Houdet & Nicolas Peifer. The French pair were no match for Hewett & Reid in the first set. The top seeds dominated proceedings and took the lead. The second set was a little closer, however it was the top seeds that secured the break of serve to take the title 6-2, 6-3.
Jordanne Whiley entered the event and was the third seed in singles. In the first round the Brit faced Manami Tanaka. Whiley started well, breaking the Japanese serve to take the lead. However Tanaka fought back in the second set, dominating the brit to level up. The final set saw the Brit once again break serve and book a spot in the quarter-final 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
The quarter-final pitched the Brit against Jiske Griffioen. The Dutch player was dominated by Whiley in the first set, barely putting a foot wrong to take the lead. The second set was a little closer, but the Brit was determined to go on and secured the needed break of serve. Whiley progressed to the semi-final in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.
In the semi-final the Brit was against second seed Aniek Van Koot. The Dutch player stayed with the Brit in the first set until Whiley secured the break of serve. The second seed was unable to fight back in the second set, as Whiley dominated and moved into the final 6-3, 6-2.
The final saw Whiley against the top seed Diede De Groot. The Dutch player got off to the better start and dominated the Brit to take the lead. In the second set, Whiley tried hard to fight back, and stayed with the top seed. Unfortunately, De Groot secured the break of serve and lifted the title 6-2, 6-4.
Whiley teamed up with Lucy Shuker for the doubles, the Brits were second seeds and received a bye into the semi-final. In the semi-final Whiley & Shuker were against Saki Takamuro & Manami Tanaka. The seeds were too strong for the Japanese pair and took the first set easily. The second set was a little closer, however Whiley & Shuker secured the break of serve to book a spot in the final 6-2, 6-3.
The final saw Whiley & Shuker were against the top seeds De Groot & Van Koot. The Dutch pair dominated both sets, as the Brits struggled to hold serve. The top seeds were too strong for the second seeds and the Dutch pair lifted the title 6-2, 6-1.
Andy Lapthorne & Antony Cotterill teamed up for the doubles in Nottingham. The Brits were unseeded. In the quarter-finals the Brits were against Kim Kyu-Seung & Koji Sugeno. The Korean/Japanese pair stayed with the Brits in the first set, until Lapthorne & Cotterill secured the vital break of serve and took the lead. The second set was just as close, however the Brits managed to take the break of serve right at the end and book a spot in the semi-final 6-4, 7-5.
The semi-final saw the Brits against the second seeds Bryan Barten & David Wagner. The first set was tight, with both pairs not giving an inch. Eventually a tiebreak ensued, the Brits managed to edge ahead and take the set. The seeds re-grouped and broke the Brits in the second set and levelled up the match. In the final set the Brits managed to break the serve of the seeds and move into the final 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3.
In the final the Brits were against the top seeds Sam Schroder & Niels Vink. The Dutch pair only needed one break of serve in each set to hold off the Brits. No matter what Lapthorne & Cotterill did they could not get back on terms. The top seeds took the title 6-3, 6-3.
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Dahnon Ward was defeated by Stefan Olsson in the first round in Nottingham 6-1, 6-1.
Ben Bartram was defeated by Takashi Sanada in the first round in Nottingham 6-0, 6-3.
Ben Bartram & Dahnon Ward were defeated by Joachim Gerard & Jef Vandorpe in the first round 6-2, 6-1.
Ruby Bishop was defeated by Shelby Baron in the first round in Nottingham 6-1, 6-1.
Abbie Breakwell was defeated by Cornelia Oosthuizen in the first round in Nottingham 6-0, 6-4.
Lucy Shuker was defeated by Jisk Griffioen in the first round in Nottingham 6-3, 6-0.
Cornelia Oosthuizen was defeated by Dana Mathewson in the second round in Nottingham 7-5, 6-3.
Abbie Breakwell & Cornelia Oosthuizen were defeated by Pauline Deroulede & Charlotte Fairbank in the quarter-final 6-4, 6-2.
James Shaw was defeated by Kim Kyu-Seung in the first round in Nottingham 7-5, 6-3.
Antony Cotterill was defeated by Richard Green in the first round in Nottingham 7-6(4), 6-4.
Gregory Slade was defeated by Koji Sugeno in the first round in Nottingham 6-1, 6-1.
Richard Green was defeated by David Wagner in the quarter-final in Nottingham 6-0, 6-2.
Andy Lapthorne was defeated by Koji Sugeno in the quarter-final in Nottingham 7-6(5), 7-6(5).
James Shaw & Gregory Slade were defeated by Richard Green & Andrea Silverstrone in the quarter-final 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-5.
Richard Green with Andrea Silverstrone were defeated by Sam Schroeder & Niels Vink in the semi-final 6-0, 6-0.
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