7 September 2019
Hewett and Lapthorne books singles final spots at US Open
Alfie Hewett and Andy Lapthorne both took one step closer to US Open glory as they progressed into their respective singles finals after wins on Saturday.
Defending wheelchair singles champion Hewett beat Frenchman Nicolas Peifer 6-3, 6-4 to set up a showdown with Peifer’s compatriot Stephane Houdet.
This came on the same day as he wrapped up his quarter-final against Japan’s Shingo Kunieda 6-3 7-6 (7-2) after the match carried over from Friday due to rain.
Lapthorne beat American Bryan Barten 6-1 6-3 in his final round-robin match in the quad singles to give himself a shot at glory in the final against Australia’s Dylan Alcott.
Both Brits will be in action twice on Sunday with Lapthorne set to team up with Alcott in the quad doubles final, looking to make it two Grand Slam successes in a row after they were victorious at Wimbledon.
Hewett, meanwhile, will attempt to retain his US Open men’s wheelchair doubles crown alongside partner Gordon Reid in the final against Kunieda and Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez.
The Rio Paralympic silver medallists are aiming to secure a third consecutive crown at Flushing Meadows on what could be a brilliant final day in New York for the Brits.
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