17 April 2019
Reid and Hewett tee up Korea Open showdown
Great Britain’s Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett will go head-to-head in the semi-finals of the Korea Open.
The British pair, who have won two singles Grand Slam titles apiece, will face off in a rematch of the 2016 Paralympic Games gold medal match – 27-year-old Reid won 6-2 6-1 on that occasion – after breezing through their respective quarter-finals in Seoul.
Scotsman Reid got the better of the Netherlands’ Tom Egberink in straight sets, although he triumphed in a tiebreak en route to winning 7-6(4) 6-4.
Meanwhile, Hewett, 21, was in imperious form as he humbled Japan’s Kouhei Suzuki 6-1 6-2.
The pair faced off in the quarter-finals of the Cajun Classic in Baton Rouge, USA, last month, with Hewett triumphing 6-3 6-1.
Reid and Hewett’s journey in the men’s doubles came to an end at the semi-final stage, however, with the duo coming unstuck at the hands of Egberink and his fellow Dutchman Maikel Scheffers.
The number three seeds were 6-4 6-2 winners as they booked their place in the final.
In the women’s singles, Great Britain’s Lucy Shuker is also into the semi-finals, teeing up a clash against her doubles partner.
The seasoned Shuker’s reward for overcoming Myung-Hee Hwang, who retired at the start of the second set after losing the first 6-0, is a showdown with Kgothatso Montjane, with a place in the final on the line.
One of either Shuker or South African Montjane will play in two Korea Open finals, with the pair having reached the climax of the women’s doubles.
They defeated Thailand’s Wanitha Inthanin and Sakhorn Khanthasit 7-6(3) 6-2 in the semi-finals and they will take on top seeds Marjolein Buis, of the Netherlands, and American Dana Mathewson in the final.
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