cinch Championships 2023: Hewett and Reid target singles and doubles title haul
Top seed Alfie Hewett will play Belgium’s defending champion and second seed Joachim Gerard in Sunday’s wheelchair singles final at the cinch Championships after the British No.1 beat his doubles partner Gordon Reid 6-3, 6-1 in Saturday’s all-British semi-final at The Queen’s Club.
World No.2 Hewett, who will also partner Reid in Sunday’s doubles final, dominated the opening set against British No.2 and 2021 cinch Championships victor Reid. However, Reid snatched the longest game of the match on his ninth break point before levelling a closer second set at 3-3, only for Hewett to regain the initiative. Hewett will now attempt to avenge last year’s semi-final loss to Gerard.
The 2019 champion at The Queen’s Club, Hewett said, “I think I’m still learning at the moment. I’ve only played three matches on grass now this year, but I’m enjoying it and I feel like I’m in a good place, physically.
"I’m looking forward to a good challenge. He (Gerard) is probably one of the strongest players on grass because of his big serve and his long levers. I’ve got to serve well and do what I can on the returns and be a little bIt creative on ball three."
World No.4 Gerard was rarely troubled against France’s former world No.1 Stephane Houdet, returning to the cinch Championships final after beating the 2022 runner-up 6-1, 6-1.
One of two all-British doubles partnerships competing at The Queen’s Club this year, top seeds Hewett and Reid beat Pakistan’s Asif Abbasi and Manojkanth Somasundaram 6-0, 6-0 to reach Sunday’s final.
They will now play Gerard and Houdet for the third time after the second seeds defeated Dermot Bailey and Andrew Penney 6-2, 6-2. Reid said, “This is one of the few tournaments we haven’t won together, so it’s a good challenge for us. Looking ahead to Wimbledon, we want to be as best prepared as we can be, so tomorrow’s also another opportunity towards achieving that.”
Streaming of wheelchair tennis matches at the cinch Championships is available across BBC Sport and LTA digital and social media channels.