Reid stuns Scheffers to win Nottingham title

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Gordon Reid has beaten world no.2 Maikel Scheffers for the second time in two months to claim the Nottingham Indoor Wheelchair Tennis singles title.

Top seed Scheffers saved two match points during a thrilling encounter before world no.13 Reid clinched the title in the third and final tie-break 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 7-6(4).

Reid’s confidence was high after defeating Dutchman Scheffers for the first time in September at the US Open USTA Wheelchair Tennis Championships in St Louis to reach the quarter-finals.

It is the British no.1’s second ITF2 Series title of the year after winning the PTR Championships at Hilton Head Island last month and he now looks set to rise in the ITF world rankings published tomorrow.

But Reid couldn’t make it a double as he battled through another three sets in the men’s doubles with partner Marc McCarroll before losing out to Tom Egberink and Michael Jeremiasz 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3.


Meanwhile, world no.6 Jamie Burdekin continued his successful week as he defeated fellow Brit John Parfitt 6-0, 6-2 to add the quad singles trophy to the doubles title he picked up yesterday.

Earlier in the day world no.6 Sabine Ellerbrock created something of an upset as the German defeated top seed Marjolein Buis from the Netherlands 6-4, 6-3 to pick up the women’s trophy.

Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley finished off their week in style winning the women’s doubles title after coming back from 5-1 down in the decider against German pair Ellerbrock and Katharina Kruger to take the match 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

”It’s been another successful week for our British players on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour and for Gordon to defeat two players ranked above him to win the title is an incredible achievement,” said the Tennis Foundation’s Head of Player Performance Geraint Richards .

”Jamie had a great tournament with two titles and the girls had to dig deep to win their doubles trophy. I’m confident the players can carry on this excellent run of form right into the Paralympic Games next year.”

Shuker and Whiley now travel to Amsterdam to compete in the Invacare Doubles Masters next week along with Reid and McCarroll.

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