Last updated: 26/04/2015

Brits sweep singles titles in Sheffield


British players clinched a clean sweep of the men's, women's and quad singles titles on the last day of play in Sheffield as Dermot Bailey won the men's title, Lauren Jomes sealed the women's title and Richard Green wrapped up the quad title.

Bailey claimed his first senior international main draw singles title after the unseeded 21-year-old led second seed Stefanos Diamantis of Greece 7-6, 5-5 in the men's final when Diamatis had to retire.

Jones completed a tremendous return to competitive tennis in her first tournament in over  year when the 19-year-old defeated second seed Busra Un of Turkey 6-3, 6-2 in the women's final to claim her second senior singles title.

Dermot BaileyRichard Green

Green also earned his second international quad sngles title after winning both his round-robin matches with ease. Green followed up his 6-2, 6-0 victory over Romania’s Alexandru Craciun by easing past Werner Pramendorfer of Austria 6-0, 6-1.


Dermot Bailey beat American top seed Matthew DeVlieger to reach the men’s singles final on the second and penultimate day of play in Sheffield, while Lauren Jones continued her impressive return to competition when defeating fellow Brit and top seed Luz Esperanza Merry to reach the women’s singles final.

Bailey will face second seed Stefanos Diamantis of Greece in the men’s final, while Jones will play second seed Busra Un of Turkey in the women’s final after Brit duo Ed Holt and Paul Stewart won the men's doubles title and Brit Val Fisher parnered Un to win the women's doubles title. 

Bailey swept to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over DeVlieger to book his place in Sunday’s men’s final against Diamantis, who ended hopes of an all-British final when he edged out third seed Holt 4-6, 7-6(0), 6-3 in a thrilling semi-final.

The women’s singles semi-final between former and current top ranked British juniors Jones and Merry saw Jones come through a tough opening set before moving away for a 7-6(5), 6-1 win to reach the final of her first tournament for over a year. Un dominated her semi-final against Brit Val Fisher for a 6-1, 6-0 victory.

Richard Green made a winning start to his quad singles challenge as he beat Romania’s Alexandru Craciun 6-2, 6-0 in the first of his two round-robin matches. With Craciun having now completed his two matches after defeating Austria’s Werner Pramendorfer in his opening contest, Green will now face Pramendorfer in the last match of the competition.

Later in the day Holt and Stewart lived up to their top seeding for the men's doubles as they sealed the title with a tense 6-1, 6-7(4), (10-4) victory over Greek second seeds Diamantis and Giorgos Lazaridis in a match tie-break, having reached the final for the loss of just two games throughout their quaeter and semi-finals.

Fisher and Un reached the women's doubles final after winning a thrilling semi-final against Jones and Merry 6-3, 4-6, (10-5). They went on to lift the title with a much more comfortable 6-1, 6-0 victory over all-British second seeds Helen Bond and Debbie Brazier.


Brits Ed Holt and Dermot Bailey joined top seed Matthew DeVlieger and second seed Stefanos Diamantis in the men’s singles semi-finals, while three Brits reached the women’s singles semi-finals alongside second seed Busra Un on the first day of play in Sheffield.

Giorgos Lazaridis of Greece beat fourth seed Glen Gent 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the men’s singles, but Bailey completed the opening day with two straight sets wins after defeating Lazaridis 6-3, 6-4 to set up a semi-final against DeVlieger. The American top seed dropped just four games throughout his first two matches, while third seed Holt won both his opening two matches for the loss of just three games. After a 6-1, 6-1 first round win over Estonia’s Viljar Villiste, Diamantis booked his place in the semi with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Brit Tony Knappett.

Merry and Jones, Britain’s current and former top ranked junior girls, will meet for a place in the women’s singles final after comfortable straight sets wins against fellow Brits in the opening round. Top seeds Merry eased past Sarah Gaisford 6-1, 6-1, while Jones beat Caroline MacDonald 6-2, 6-1 in her first match in over a year. Val Fisher won her all-British first round contest against Helen Bond 6-1, 6-1, while Turkey’s Un earned a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Brit Debbie Brazier to set up her semi-final against Fisher.

Top seeds Holt and Paul Stewart and second seeds Diamantis and Lazaridis also claimed straight sets wins to become the first two semi-finalists in the men’s doubles.    


Ed Holt will face experienced fellow Brit John Lambert in his opening men’s singles match in Sheffield this year. Holt is one of two Brits seeded for the men’s singles, with fourth seed Glen Gent to play Giorgos Lazaridis of Greece for a place in the quarter-finals. Top seed Matthew DeVlieger of the United States and second seed Stefanos Diamantis of Greece are both drawn to meet players from Estonia.

With seven Brits in a field of eight for the women’s singles, world No. 2 junior and top seed Luz Esperanza Merry will play Sarah Gaisford in her opening match, while Lauren Jones also has an all-British contest against Caroline MacDonald as the former world No. 1 junior returns to competition. Second seed Busra Un of Turkey takes on Brit Debbie Brazier for a place in the semi-finals.

The opening match in the three-way round-robin competition for the quad singles ttile will see Romania’s Alexandru Craciun face Austria’s Werner Pramenforder.

Play starts at 9.30am on the first day of competition.