US Open: Titles for Murray, Hewett, Reid, Lapthorne and Matusevich

10/09/2018

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Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands at the US Open

It was a blockbuster weekend for the Brits at Flushing Meadows with Jamie Murray, Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid, Andy Lapthorne and Anton Matusevich lifting trophies.

Jamie Murray kicked off proceedings by successfully defending the mixed doubles title he won twelve months ago with Martina Hingis. Returning this year with home favourite Bethanie Mattek-Sands, he reached his second consecutive mixed doubles Grand Slam final after finishing runner-up at Wimbledon with Victoria Azarenka.

Murray and Mattek-Sands faced Nikola Mektic and Alicja Rosolska in Saturday’s final and battled back from a set down to triumph 2-6, 6-3, [11-9].

Alfie Hewett roared to victory in Sunday’s wheelchair men’s singles final, ousting Japan’s world No.1 Shingo Kunieda 6-3, 7-5.

The win came just a week after world No.2 Hewett defeated Kunieda in the final of the US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships in St. Louis to win his second Super Series title of the year.

“It's been a near-perfect two weeks for me in the States. Three titles out of a possible four was something I really didn't think would happen.”

The result marked Hewett’s second career Grand Slam singles title following his superb run at Roland Garros in 2017.

Success tasted even sweeter for the 20-year-old who defended his doubles title with Gordon Reid the night before. The duo, who just two months ago won their third consecutive Wimbledon title together, became two-time US Open champions by overcoming French top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 5-7, 6-3, [11-9] under the roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Andy Lapthorne also won back-to-back titles in New York with his American partner David Wagner in the quad doubles. The top seeds and defending champions fought back after losing the first set to defeat Dylan Alcott and Bryan Barten 3-6, 6-0, [10-4].

“It’s great to win my eighth Slam and retain the title and it’s a good way to end the week. I really enjoyed playing doubles again with David this trip and I look forward to trying to defend the title again next year,” said Lapthorne, who won the US Open quad singles title in 2014 to add to his seven Grand Slam doubles crowns.

17-year old Anton Matusevich showed a glimpse into the future after winning the boys’ junior doubles with Bulgaria’s Adrian Andreev. The pair faced Americans Axel Nefve and Emilio Nava in the final and resisted a second set comeback to win 6-4, 2-6, [10-8].

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