25 July 2019
Brilliant comeback sees Lapthorne into British Open final
Andy Lapthorne was proud of his resiliency as he pulled off a sensational comeback from a set and two breaks down to reach the final of the quad singles at the British Open.
Two weeks after suffering the disappointment of losing the quad singles final at Wimbledon to his Australian doubles partner Dylan Alcott, Lapthorne had to dig deep to see off Dutch world number five Sam Schroder 2-6 7-5 6-2.
“We’ve been talking all week about this match and me competing to the end and making sure I played liked the higher ranked player and I give it everything and fortunately the points went my way when I needed them to,” Lapthorne said.
“Self-belief and desire got me through there and just battling to the end. There’s been a couple of times we’ve played when I’ve not battled to the end.
“He could have beat me 6-0 6-2 and I would have been pleased because I was battling. It’s a difficult match up for me, he’s a great player. I needed that one today, I’m just glad I got through.
“He [Alcott] reminds me a lot of myself when I first came onto the tour. He plays unbelievable tennis so you have to be mentally in it. Credit to him because it was a great match. I’m happy to be in another final.
“The first two sets were tough because I was playing alright and he was just outplaying me.
“I’m quite experienced because I knew if I could stop him getting to five I had a chance. I was trying my hardest to stick with the serve and it’s one I’ll forget for a long time.”
Elsewhere, Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji reached the women’s doubles final with a 6-3 6-1 win over fellow Brit Lucy Shuker and Momoko Ohtani.
Unfortunately for Whiley, she could not follow that up with success in the mixed doubles semi-final as she and partner Daniel Caverzaschi were beaten by Dana Mathewson and Tom Egberink 1-6 6-2 10-6.
In the men’s singles, Gordan Reid’s run came to an end in the semi-finals with a 6-2 3-6 6-2 defeat to Argentine Gustavo Fernandez.
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