24 July 2019
Reid and Hewett battle to British Open final
Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett couldn’t hide their delight after coming from a set down to reach the British Open men’s doubles final.
The duo, who have won 14 titles together, beat Joachim Gerard and Stefan Olsson 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 6-4 in their semi-final.
Victory was even sweeter for the Brits as they lost in the final at Wimbledon to Gerard and Olsson but were able to reverse the result in Nottingham.
The close contest saw the British pair lose the first set in the tiebreak, but they came back and clinched a place in the final after spending just under three hours on court.
Reid was thrilled the third seed duo were able to secure victory in such a tight match and hopes they can do the same in the final when they face Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and Japan’s Shingo Kunieda.
“It was very tough,” he said.
“They’re playing well this year, they’ve had some good results and they beat us last time at Wimbledon.
“Conditions were really difficult as well, and in the singles this morning, so we’re really pleased to get through that one.
“We just stuck to the plan, I think we had a good plan before we started and maybe the execution wasn’t there in a couple of big points in the first set but it could have gone either way.
“Then we started firing towards the end of that second set which we did at the right time.
“The British Open doubles title was one of the first big titles that myself and Alfie won together a few years ago, so it would be great to get our names on it again.”
In the singles, Paralympic champion Reid produced a dominant performance as he beat the Netherlands’ Tom Egberink 6-3 6-2.
The 27-year-old will face number one seed Fernandez, who won the 2019 Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, in the semi-final.
While in the quad singles, top seed Andy Lapthorne beat Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva 6-3 2-6 6-2 in his quarter-final encounter and will play Sam Schroder in the final four.
Jordanne Whiley’s campaign in the women’s singles came to an end, as world number one Diede de Groot claimed a 7-5 3-6 6-2 victory.
In the mixed doubles Brit Lucy Shuker, who was paired with France’s Stephane Houdet, were beaten by Dana Mathewson and Egbernik 6-1 6-3.
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