British wheelchair tennis players dominate in USA
by Marshall Thomas
Peter Norfolk's second US Open quad singes title in New York - and the 16th major of his career - was just one of many successes for Britain's wheelchair tennis players in the United States over the weekend.
Britain's top two men's and women's players, Gordon Reid, David Phillipson, Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley won the men's and women's singles and doubles titles between them at the PTR/ROHO Wheelchair Tennis Championships on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with Reid beating Phillipson in the men's singles final and Shuker beating Whiley in the women's singles final.
In fact, with Norfolk and his Swedish partner Johan Andersson narrowly losing out in three sets to American Paralympic champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner in the quad doubles in New York, that was the only one of six possible titles to elude a British player.
The ITF 2 Series PTR/ROHO Championships saw British No 1 and top seed Reid recover from an indifferent start in the men's singles, when he dropped the first set of his first match, to gone on and beat American Paul Moran 6-1, 6-3 in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, British No 2 Phillipson produced a fine semi-final performance, the British third seed beating Spain's Francesc Tur 6-1, 6-1. However, Reid proved strongest in the final, recording a 6-4, 6-2 victory for his fourth title of the season.
In the women's singles, Shuker and Whiley comfortably won their quarter-final and semi-final matches in straight sets, with British No 1 and world No 11 Shuker winning her first singles title of the season 6-2, 7-5.
Phillipson and Reid won their second men's doubles title in three weeks to bring their North American tour to a successful end. After victory in an ITF Futures event in Quebec, Canada, a fortnight ago, Phillipson and Reid lived up to their top seeding in their Hilton Head final to beat Canadian second seeds Eric Gilbert and Yann Mathieu 6-0, 6-1.
Shuker and Whiley were also top seeds for the women's doubles and eased though to the final before beating American second seeds Dana Mathewson and Mackenzie Soldan 6-3, 6-4.