By Glenys Furness
- Antony Cotterill made the final in the ITF Quad doubles
- Richard Green & James Shaw made the semi-finals in the Quad singles
- Louise Hunt & Cornelia Oosthuizen made the semi-finals in the doubles
L’ILE DE RE, FRANCE – Antony Cotterill made the quad doubles final, whilst Richard Green & James Shaw made the semi-finals in the singles. Louise Hunt & Cornelia Oosthuizen both made the semi-finals in the doubles.
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The five day long event in France was another opportunity for the Wheelchair players to get some matches in. Antony Cotterill teamed up with Ymanitu Silva. In their first match they were drawn against Jérôme De Meyère & Sophie Fraioli. The Brit/Brazilian dominated the match with the French players not getting a look-in. Cotterill & Silva moved into the final 6-0, 6-1.
The final saw the Brit/Brazilian pitched against Maximillian Laudan & Koji Sugeno. Cotterill & Silva played well and took the game to Laudan & Sugeno, however the German/Japanese pairing got the break of serve and took the first set. In the second set Laudan & Sugeno dominated breaking the Brit/Brazilian more or less at will to take the title 6-3, 6-2.
Richard Green & James Shaw teamed up for the Quads doubles and played Laudan & Sugeno in their first match. The first set was very close, with the Brits staying close to the German/Japanese pair. Unfortunately the Brits got broken at the end of the set and would need to fight back if they were to be in the final. The second set was all one sided though as Laudan & Sugeno did not drop a game to move into the final 6-4, 6-0.
On the first day Richard Green kicked off his singles campaign. His opponent was Frenchman Kevin Girard. The Brit wasted no time in dispatching Girard, losing only one game to progress to the next round 6-0, 6-1.
Green was up against Cotterill in the quarter-final. The Brits faced off for a spot in the semi-final. Cotterill had received a bye in the first round, so was in his first match. The first set was a very tight affair with ended in a tiebreak. Green edged the breaker and took the lead. The second set was also close, however Green managed to break serve and move into the semi-final 7-6(5), 6-4.
James Shaw had also received a bye into the quarter-final and was against Laudan. The first set saw the players going toe to toe, with the Brit eventually securing the vital break and took the lead. The second set was easier for the Brit as Laudan was unable to prevent Shaw from breaking again to move into the semi-final 7-5, 6-3.
In the semi-final Green was against Silva. The Brazilian broke in both sets, and although the Brit tried to get back into the match, it was Silva that moved into the final in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
Meanwhile Shaw was against Sugeno in the other semi-final. The Japanese played well and broke the Brit in both sets and Shaw could not get back on terms. It was Sugeno that moved into the final to play Silva 6-3, 6-4.
Cotterill played Laudan for third place after having previously defeated Girard 6-0, 6-0. Laudan and Cotterill went to and fro until a tiebreak ensued. The breaker went the way of the German and Cotterill then withdrew from the match to finish fourth 7-6 (RET).
Louise Hunt played Zoe Maras in the first round of the ladies singles. The Brit was able to break the Frenchwoman in the first set and took the lead. Maras tried to fight back in the second set but could not stop the Brit moving on in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
In the next round Hunt was playing against her doubles partner Macarena Cabrillana. The Chilean broke Hunt early in the first set to take the lead. The Brit was unable to get back on terms. The Chilean dominated the second set as Hunt was unable to get a game on the board and was defeated 6-3, 6-0.
Lauren Jones was against Cornelia Oosthuizen. In the first set, Oosthuizen was on top, breaking Jones to take the lead. However, in the second Jones totally dominated her fellow Brit and didn’t lose a single game to level the match up. The final set saw both players fighting hard, but ultimately it was Jones that made the breakthrough and progressed 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Oosthuizen went on to defeated Swiss Annabelle Ribeaud in straight sets 6-0, 6-2 to make the third place play-off match against Emmanuelle Morch. The Frenchwoman broke serve in both sets to win 6-4, 6-3 meaning the Brit finished fourth.
Jones played Saki Takamura in the quarter-final. The Japanese player broke Jones in the first set totally dominating the Brit. The second set was a little closer as Jones managed more games but Takamura still managed to break serve and take the match 6-2, 6-3.
In the doubles Jones and Pauline Deroulede were against Japanese pairing Takamura & Manami Tanaka. The Japanese pair were too strong for the Brit/French pairing and took the match 6-2, 6-2.
Hunt & Cabrillana were against Nalani Buob & Maras. The Brit/Chilean totally dominated their opponents to move into the next round with the loss of only three games 6-1, 6-2. In the semi-final the Brit/Chilean were against Takamura & Tanaka. The Japanese pair were just too strong and completely dominated to take the match 6-1, 6-1.
Oosthuizen & Lola Ochoa took on Margaux-Melie Manciat & Annabelle Ribeaud in the first match. The French/Swiss pair had no game for the Brit/Spaniard and were totally outclassed. Oosthuizen & Ochoa took the match in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.
Oosthuizen & Ochoa took on Katharina Kruger & Michaela Spaanstra in the semi-final. The German/Dutch pair broke the serve of the Brit/Spanish pair in the first set and moved ahead. Unfortunately, the Brit/Spaniard were unable to get back into the match, as Kruger & Spaanstra didn’t lose any games in the second set 6-3, 6-0.
Next event for the Brits is the French Riviera Open commencing 28th September.
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