31 January 2020

Reid, Hewett and Whiley claim Australian Open titles

It was doubles delight for Britain as Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett and Jordanne Whiley claimed Australian Open wheelchair tennis titles at Melbourne Park.

Whiley, alongside Yui Kamiji, claimed her third doubles title Down Under as the pair beat the Dutch top seeds Diede De Groot and Aniek Van Koot 6-2 6-4.

The victory is a momentous one for Whiley, as it marks her first Grand Slam triumph since the birth of her son Jackson in January 2018.

Whiley was competing in Melbourne for the first time in four years but looked right at home in emphatically earning her 11th Grand Slam trophy.

Meanwhile, Reid and Hewett became seven-time Grand Slam champions together after they won a gruelling encounter against the French first seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.

Despite losing the first set, the British duo rallied back to eventually win the match in a breathless tiebreaker after three straight points 4-6 6-4 (10-7).

And Reid could yet add to this success when he meets Japanese world number one Shingo Kunieda in the final of the men’s singles, as he targets a first Grand Slam singles victory since 2016.

Meanwhile, Andy Lapthorne rounded the day off in impressive fashion as he made his way through to the final of the quad singles.

The Brit, who has tasted doubles success on five occasions in Australia, beat Heath Davison in an epic encounter 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 7-6 (10-5).

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