Reid secures place in Nottingham Indoor final
by Marshall Thomas
Defending champion Gordon Reid recorded a straight sets win over fellow Brit David Phillipson to book his place in the men's singles final at Nottingham Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament today.
British No.1 Reid defeated local Nottinghamshire player and world No.23 Phillipson 6-4, 6-4 to reach the final for the second year running.
World No.9 Reid will now face top seed Maikel Scheffers from the Netherlands after the world No.2 got the better of British No.2 Marc McCarroll 6-4, 7-5 in their semi-final encounter.
“David played well and I don’t think it’s maybe the best I’ve played this year, but I’m happy with the result and it’s on to tomorrow. I’m looking forward to playing Maikel again, we always have some great contests," said Reid, who reached the quarter-finals of the singles and doubles at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
It wasn't such good news for the Brits in the women's semis as top seed Sabine Ellerbrock from Germany got the better of 2010 champion and British No.2 Jordanne Whiley 6-2, 6-0.
And British No.3 Louise Hunt also bowed out to higher ranked opposition as Dutchwoman Jiske Griffioen claimed a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
But there was better news for Hunt later in the day as she teamed up with Ellerbrock to win the women's doubles title.
The top seeds defeated Whiley and Lauren Jones 6-0, 6-2 to give Hunt her fifth ITF 2 doubles title of 2012.
"I've been waiting to play doubles with Sabine for ages and it hasn't worked out until now, so it's a privilege to have played with her and we played a great final. It's a brilliant way to end my last tournament before making my debut at the Doubles Masters in a few weeks," said British No.3 Hunt.
Meanwhile, there is a British winner guaranteed in the men's doubles as McCarroll and Phillipson got the better of Dermot Bailey and Dan Wallin 6-3, 6-1 in their semi-final.
The Brits will face Reid and Scheffers as the top seeds made quick work of their last four match against Dutchman Rody de Bie and Brit Alfie Hewett 6-1, 6-0.
The quad singles will also come to a close tomorrow with Andy Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill both in with a chance of winning the round robin event with three wins out of three so far.