Andy Lapthorne wins second singles title of the season as Katie Boulter makes back-to-back ITF finals
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Lapthorne captures title in France
Andy Lapthorne returned to winning ways last week in lifting his second quad singles title of the season at the Vendee Open in France.
Lapthorne captured the ITF2 trophy without dropping a set – knocking out France’s Pierlin Angeli and Brazil’s Leandro Pena, before sealing the title with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Ymanitu Silva.
Lapthorne also teamed up with Britain’s Greg Slade in the quad doubles but lost to top seeds Daisuke Ishito and Koji Sugeno 6-4, 6-4.
Boulter leads British finalists on ITF Tour
There were several brilliant performances from the Brits on the ITF Tour last week, including Katie Boulter, who made back-to-back finals in Japan at the W60 Fukuoka.
The No.1 seed showed great spirit to edge a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5) quarter-final win over Taiwan’s En Shuo Liang, before taking another three-set thriller against USA's Emina Bektas 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) in the semis.
However, as with last week, it wasn’t to be for the 26-year-old from Leicester, who was forced to withdraw from her final against Natsumi Kawaguchi.
Rising star Ranah Stoiber made the final of the W15 Monsatir, thanks to a three-set win over fellow Brit Talia Neilson-Gatenby and a walkover against top seed Yasmine Mansouri. In the final she came up against China’s Yufei Ren, but lost out 6-0, 6-3.
Charles Broom and Mark Whitehouse continued the Brits impressive doubles results this season at the M25 Varnamo, finishing runners-up to Simon Freund and Eric Vanshelboim 6-3, 6-3.
Elsewhere Freya Christie and Ali Collins had another great week to add to their breakout 2023 season with a semi-final finish at the W100 Trnava.
Action continues in Rome
As we head into the second week at the Italian Open, there's still plenty to play for with five Brits still in action.