22 June 2019
Hewett beats Reid to lift Queen's title
Alfie Hewett made history in west London as he became the first wheelchair singles champion at the prestigious Queen’s club, beating compatriot and doubles partner Gordon Reid 6-2 7-5 to lift the inaugural trophy.
In a rematch of the 2016 Paralympic final - which saw Reid claim gold - it was Hewett who this time triumphed with an assured performance just weeks away from Wimbledon.
But Hewett could not make it a pair of trophies as he and Reid were later beaten in the doubles final, downed 6-1 6-0 by Stefan Olsson and Joachim Gerard.
It was British No.1 Hewett who took the initiative early on in the singles, taking 39 minutes to wrap up the first set 6-2, but the second was a tighter affair.
Level at 3-3 in the second, Reid took his chance and broke, but was immediately reined in as Hewett went on the offensive to level at first time of asking.
Keen to wrap things up as quickly as possible, with the doubles final in the back of his mind, Hewett kept up the pressure, and broke once more before sealing the match on serve.
But Hewett was unable to repeat his final heroics when he and Reid joined forces in the doubles showpiece later on.
The experienced duo of Gerard and Olsson – who Reid had previously beaten in the singles semi-finals – outlasted the Brits, surely somewhat fatigued by an intense week of action.
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