Brits ended the Belgian Open with two titles after Jordanne Whiley added the women’s doubles crown to Alfie Hewett’s success in the men’s doubles on the penultimate day of play. Meanwhile, Whiley had to settle for runners-up honours in the women’s singles.
The last day of play in Namur saw Whiley and South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane start proceedings with a tense victory in the women’s doubles final. The top seeds bounced back from seeing a 5-2 first set lead disappear to eventually prevail 5-7, 6-1, (11-9) against Dutch second seeds Marjolein Buis and Michaela Spaanstra.
Whiley also made a promising start to the women’s singles final as she sought her second win over Dutch world No.3 Aniek van Koot in a fortnight. British Open champion Whiley took a 3-0 lead before van Koot came back to win the opener and although British No.1 and world No.5 Whiley fought back strongly in the second set, top seed van Koot held on in the decider to win 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
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Jordanne Whiley reached her second successive women’s singles final on the penultimate day of the Belgian Open before also reaching the women’s doubles final. Alfie Hewett claimed his second major men’s doubles title in a fortnight, too, while Jamie Burdekin and Andy Lapthorne finished runners-up in the quad doubles.
British Open champion Whiley beat her South African doubles partner Kgothatso Montjane 6-2, 6-4 in her singles semi-final to set up a rematch of her final two weeks ago in Nottingham against Dutch world No.3 Aniek van Koot. The final will be streamed live from 13.00 local time/12.00 UK time (link to be confirmed).
Later in the day Whiley and Montjane lived up to their top seeding to beat Diede de Groot of the Netherlands and Francisca Mardones of Chile 6-3, 6-2 in the women’s doubles semi-finals. They face Dutch second seeds Marjolein Buis and Michaela Spaanstra in Saturday morning’s final before Whiley faces van Koot for the singles title on Saturday afternoon.
With a Brit guaranteed a place in the men’s doubles final, Hewett and Dutchman Maikel Scheffers secured their place in the title decider after beating Marc McCarroll and South Africa’s Evans Maripa 6-4, 6-1. Top seeds Hewett and Scheffers later clinched victory in a thrilling final, beating French second seeds and London 2012 silver medallists Frederic Cattaneo and Nicolas Peifer 6-3, 4-6, (10-8) after a match tie-break. It was Hewett's second major doubles title in two weeks after partberig fellow Brit Gordon Reid to win his first Super Series title in the men's doubles at the British Open.
Burdekin and Lapthorne reached the quad doubles final after defeating the all-American partnership of Bryan Barten and Greg Hasterok 6-2, 6-2. However, Barten and Hasterok’s compatriots, top seeds Nick Taylor and David Wagner, proved a tougher proposition and sealed the title 6-4, 6-3 as Burdekin and Lapthorne took runners-up honours.
Earlier in the day Burdekin bowed out of the quad singles after slipping to a 6-2, 6-2 semi-final loss to world No.1 Wagner. Lapthorne also went out in the last four after being unable to repeat his British Open win over world No.2 Dylan Alcott, with the Australian advancing the final 6-1, 6-3.
Richard Green finished runner-up in the quad consolation singles as Hasterok won the decider 6-3, 6-0.
Jordanne Whiley, Andy Lapthorne and Jamie Burdekin will contest the women’s singles and quad singles semi-finals in Belgium. A Brit is also guaranteed a place in the men’s doubles final as Alfie Hewett and Marc McCarroll will be on opposite sides of the net in their semi-final, with Whiley in the women’s doubles semi-finals and Burdekin and Lapthorne pairing up in the quad doubles semi-finals.
Whiley plays her South African doubles partner Kgothatso Montjane for a place in the women’s singles final after the second seed defeated Dutch sixth seed Michaela Spaanstra 6-4, 6-2. After their first round bye Whiley and Montjane began their doubles campaign with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Mieke van Chastelet of the Netherlands and Belgium’s Els Verhoeven. The top seeds will play fourth seeds Diede de Groot and Francisca Mardones or French duo Emilie Chene and Christine Schoenn for a place in the final.
World No.3 Lapthorne advanced to the last four of the quad singles after beating American former world No.1 Nick Taylor 6-2, 6-4. Lapthorne now plays Australian world No.2 Dylan Alcott for a place in the final in what will be a rematch of their British Open semi-final that Lapthorne won two weeks ago. Alcott ended young Brit Ian Payne’s progress with a 6-0, 6-1 win in their quarter-final.
Meanwhile, fourth seed Burdekin secured a 6-4, 6-3 victory over another American opponent, world No.10 Bryan Barten, to earn a semi-final against the USA’s world No.1 David Wagner.
Three Brits met in the first round of the quad doubles, with second seeds Burdekin and Lapthorne winning a tense match tie-break to defeat Antony Cotterill and Alcott 6-4, 4-6, (10-7). Burdekin and Lapthorne play Barten and his fellow American Greg Hasterok in the semi-finals.
Hewett and Dutchman Maikel Scheffers, top seeds for the men’s doubles, got off to a comfortable start when beating all-Dutch duo Carlos Anker and Ruben Spaargaren 6-2, 6-1. McCarroll and South Africa’s Evans Maripa, the third seeds, also made a fine starting, beating Moroccan partnership Tarik Charbi and Ayoub Ettali 6-0, 6-3 to set up a semi-final against Hewett and Scheffers. However, Hewett saw his men’s singles campaign come to an end against French second seed Nicolas Peifer, who won their quarter-final 6-1, 6-0, while McCarroll bowed out 6-2, 6-2 against Belgian top seed Joachim Gerard.
Jordanne Whiley moved into the women’s singles quarter-finals on the second day of play in Namur, with Marc McCarroll and Alfie Hewett reaching the men’s singles quarter-finals and Andy Lapthorne Jamie Burdekin and Ian Payne all progressing to the last eight of the quad singles.
Whiley defeated American Dana Mathewson 6-4, 6-2 in her first singles match since winning the British Open. The second seed and world No. 5 goes on to face Dutch sixth seed Michaela Spaanstra for a place in the quarter-finals and is also top seed for the women’s doubles alongside partner Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa.
In the men’s singles, British No. 2 and seventh seed McCarroll raced to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Mike Denayer to set up a quarter-final against another Belgian, world No. 3 top seed Joachim Gerard. Meanwhile, eighth seed Hewett faces second seed Nicolas Peifer of France in the last eight after beating his Belgian second round opponent Bernard Falaise 6-0, 6-3.
Hewett and McCarroll are in the top seeded and third seeded partnerships for the men’s doubles and could potentially meet in the doubles semi-finals after McCarroll and South Africa’s Evans Maripa began their campaign with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Malaysian duo Ariffahmi Zaquan Ariffin and Abu Samah Borhan.
After winning his qualifier to reach the first round proper of the quad singles, Ian Payne won his all-British match-up with Richard Green 6-4 7-6, to book a quarter-final against Australia’s world No. 2 Dylan Alcott. Third seed Lapthorne will play the USA’s Nick Taylor for a place in the quad singles semi-finals after beating Canada’s Mika Ishikawa 6-2, 6-1. Jamie Burdekin’s 6-1, 6-1 win over Belgian Jerome de Meyere means he now meets American Bryan Barten. Barten ended hopes of an all-British quarter-final with a 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(7) win over Antony Cotterill.
Marc McCarroll, Alfie Hewett and Ian Payne all made winning starts in Belgium on the first day of play.
Seventh seed MCarroll will play Belgium’s Mike Denayer in the second round of the men’s singles after defeating Dan Kleckner 6-0, 6-1. Hewett’s 6-4, 6-3 victory over a second Austrian player, Nico Langman, has lined the eighth seed up with a contest against Belgium’s Bernard Falaise.
Payne came through his qualification match in the quad singles in fine style to earn an all-British match-up with Richard Green. Jordanne Whiley, Jamie Burdekin, Antony Cotterill and Andy Lapthorne all get their challenges underway on Wednesday’s second day of play.
Seven Brits line up for the ITF 1 Series Belgian Open as Jordanne Whiley returns to competition two weeks on from winning her first Super Series singles title at the British Open.
Whiley is second seed for the women’s singles and has a first round bye in Namur.
Marc McCarroll and Alfie Hewett are also both seeded for the men’s singles and both face Austrian opponents in the first round, McCarroll playing Dan Kleckner and Hewett meeting Nico Langmann.
Andy Lapthorre and Jamie Burdekin are third and fourth seeds for the quad singles. While Burdekin and fellow Brit Richard Green will play a qualifier, Lapthorne meets Canada’s Mika Ishikawa for a place in the quarter-finals. Cotterill. one of three Brits to finish with doubles runners-up honours at last week's Swiss Open, will play American Bryan Barten for a place in the last eight.