Mixed fortunes for Brits at NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters
on 04-12-2015 11:03
Victories for Lucy Shuker and Andy Lapthorne but defeat for Jordanne Whiley and Gordon Reid.
Day 2 at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters brought joy and despair for the Brits competing to be the best of the best. Somerset's Lucy Shuker kept her hopes of progressing to the semifinals alive with victory of Germany's Sabine Ellerbrock 36 76(3) 64 whilst Londoner Andy Lapthorne made up for yesterday's defeat with a win over Israel's Itay Erenlib 64 46 60. However, Jordanne Whiley suffered an agonising defeat 63 46 76(14) to top seed Jiske Griffioen and Scotland's Gordon Reid went down in straight sets to France's Nicolas Peifer 64 64.
Results today mean that all of the Brits are still in with a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals but victories will be required all round.
In the other big story of the day Belgium's Joachim Gerard scored a sensational upset to defeat top seed and World No.1 Shingo Kunieda, ending a 77 match winning streak for the Japanese superstar.
"I lost count of how many match points I had, I don't even want to know to be quite honest." Jordanne Whiley
"The first set went by quite quickly so I felt like I had to change my tactics. I saw that worked so I took the second set and took a lead in the third set but I got a bit ahead of myself. The tie-break was like no other I've played before, I lost count of how many match points I had, I don't even want to know to be quite honest.
If you're going to go out you might as well go out in three sets and a tie-break that's never ending but I'm really disappointed because I did have so many chances and no matter how much I tried I just couldn't get the ball past her.
I train for those kind of matches, I did feel a bit tired towards the end but maybe it didn't show. You just get tight, you get nervous and I think that's what got the better of me in the end.
I've got to win tomorrow so I need to recover and get my mind back on the tennis."
"I'm delighted with the win, I felt I hit the ball well and I was pleased with my shot making. The first set was scrappy but I played with more confidence in the second and third sets. Sabine is a tough competitor and I needed tro push hard on court. My new Top End tennis chair is good and I'm moving well around the court."
"Having the fall out of my wheelchair at the start of the final set seemed to jolt me in a positive way and I never looked back and won the final set easily." Andy Lapthorne
"It was a roller coaster of a match, my concentration and choice of shot making must improve in these tight matches. I need to control the rallies and select the right time to hit the winners and also block out the other distractions around the court. Having the fall out of my wheelchair at the start of the final set seemed to jolt me in a positive way and I never looked back and won the final set easily."
"I thought i just returned poorly today, gave him too many cheap points, a lot of errors, two breaks one in each set was the difference. It was a close match but when you make that many mistakes you can't expect to win.
I've just got to look back at the match, analyse it then put it in the past and focus on the match tomorrow."
"I'm just happy for the moment but it doesn't mean I'm already the best in the world. I have to stay focused because tomorrow is going to be a tough match too against Gustavo (Fernandez) but for the moment I'm really happy and I'm going to try to enjoy it a little bit tonight and stay focused for tomorrow.
I don't think it was my best tennis, I tried to give the ball back because I saw that Shingo was not at his best too, but sometimes when you don't play your best and you win that means you are a good player. I tried to do my best, I served very well and when I could make the points I did and when I couldn't, I got the ball back, it's not easy to play someone on this fast surface.
I don't know what my celebration was, before the match I thought about what I would do if I win and finally it was just happiness, I laughed, I think it was just all the stress coming out."
All four British players will be in action again on Friday.
Results - Thursday, 3 December:
Men's Singles - Group A
J. Gerard (BEL) d. S. Kunieda (JPN) 26 62 75
G. Fernandez (ARG) d. T. Sanada (JPN) 64 62
Men's Singles - Group B
N. Peifer (FRA) d. G. Reid (GBR) 64 64
S. Houdet (FRA) v. M. Scheffers (NED) 61 64
A. Lapthorne (GBR) d. I. Erenlib (ISR) 64 46 60
D.Wagner (USA) d. L. Sithole (RSA) 62 46 60
Women's Singles - Group A
J. Griffioen (NED) d. J. Whiley (GBR) 63 46 76(14)
L. Shuker (GBR) d. S. Ellerbrock (GER) 36 76(3) 64
Womens Singles - Group B
M.Buis (NED) d. K.G.Montjane (RSA) 64 62
A.Van Koot (NED) d. Y. Kamiji (JPN) 62 62