21 June 2019
Hewett and Reid go for double delight
Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett will go head to head for the Queen’s singles title in a repeat of the Rio 2016 showpiece on what was the perfect Saturday for the British top two.
The pair both came through testing semi-final clashes, with Paralympic gold medallist Reid downing reigning Wimbledon champion Stefan Olsson 4-6 6-3 7-5 before Hewett beat compatriot Dermot Bailey 6-2 6-3.
And then, as if that was not enough, they returned later on in the afternoon to join forces in the doubles, promptly adding another Sunday final to their schedule with a 6-2 6-0 win over Frederic Cattaneo and Gaetan Menguy.
Reid was first on court and made the perfect start to his semi-final against former Paralympic champion Olsson, racing into a 3-0 lead, but for his opponent to take six of the next seven games to go a set to the good.
The Brit rallied in the second to level things in impressive fashion and edged out a gritty third to deal the Swede what was a first defeat on grass for over two years.
It was then British No.1 Hewett’s turn as he raced through his first set against compatriot Bailey, taking just 23 minutes to claim it 6-2, but he was made to dig in for the second.
After being broken early in the set, the Rio silver medallist hit back immediately, wrenching the initiative back in his favour to wrap things up 6-3 in the second.
And with a short period of respite, the duo united with the goal to reach their first Queen’s doubles final.
Despite a solid start from their French opponents, the Rio silver medallists showed their class to wrap up the contest within an hour.
Bailey was also back on court in the doubles, but he and partner Geoffrey Jasiak were beaten in straight sets by top seeds Olsson and Joachim Gerard.
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