Alfie Hewett advances to his third Wimbledon Men's Singles semi-final as British quarter now look forward to Wheelchair Doubles semis
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Alfie Hewett booked his place in his third Wimbledon men’s singles semi-final after defeating fellow Brit and 2016 champion Gordon Reid 6-2 3-6 6-4 on Thursday’s first of four days of wheelchair tennis competition at The Championships.
Hewett applied constant pressure on Reid’s serve in the opening set of their quarter-final, but as the world No.2’s error count and double faults started to increase Reid worked his way back into a highly entertaining match. However, a third Wimbledon final proved elusive for 2021 runner-up Reid and although he saved two match points it was Hewett who moved on to the last four.
The British No.1, who will now play 2019 champion Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina for a place in what would be the second seed’s first Wimbledon singles final, said:
“It was very up and down, so obviously I’m just really happy to be able to get over the line. It’s going to be a tough match against whoever I play tomorrow. Mentally that was a very difficult one, being against Gordon and all the history that we have together so I had a lot of challenges throughout the match but dealt with them fairly well.
“We’re very well drilled when it comes to playing against each other but putting that match behind us, we’ll now focus on our doubles. We want to defend our title.
While Hewett will face Fernandez in the singles semi-finals, he and Reid will play Dutchman Tom Egberink and Joachim Gerard of Belgium in their bid to reach a sixth successive Wimbledon men’s doubles final. Friday’s semi-final opponents are familiar rivals after Hewett and Reid beat the same partnership to win their fourth men’s doubles crown in 2021.
Reflecting on the singles quarter-final, Reid said:
“I thought it was a good level from both of us, especially after that first set. I found my way into the match and used the conditions a little bit more. Alfie’s a great competitor and a strong player, so it’s always going to be a tough one. It was really tight, right down to the last couple of games.”
Lucy Shuker’s hopes of securing a place in her first Wimbledon women’s singles semi-final came to an end after an early loss to Japan’s Momoko Ohtani.
Shuker made a bright start, earning two break points in the opening game and saved the first set point of the match with her first ace. She also saved the first of the two match points against her but ultimately Ohtani reproduced the kind of tennis that saw her progress to last year’s semi-finals.
Shuker will now focus on attempting to reach a second successive Wimbledon women’s doubles final partnering South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane.
Andy Lapthorne’s bid to reach a second Wimbledon quad singles final met with a premature end, despite the world No.3 staging a late comeback against in-form Australian Heath Davidson.
Lapthorne’s early success was limited to breaking the Davidson serve as the in-form Wimbledon debutant sought to serve out the first set. Lapthorne again went 5-0 down in the second set, but with typical passion and determination the 2019 Wimbledon runner-up battled back before Davidson sealed a 6-1 6-3 win.
Lapthorne, who will now partner American David Wagner when they begin the defence of their quad doubles title, said:
“It’s difficult when you’ve just come off court against a player who was playing like that. There were quite a lot of close games and I almost came back in that second set. He played very well. I felt like I struck the ball quite well and it’s hugely disappointing to lose here. If I could have kept (the score) a bit closer then maybe I could have turned it around, but once you go 5-0 down there’s zero room for error.”