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Wimbledon: Lapthorne wins on debut to reach final

  • 11/07/2019

  • Wimbledon

Thursday saw 13 Brits in action across wheelchair, mixed doubles and juniors draws, headlined by Andy Lapthorne impressively winning on debut.  

2019 marks the first time there have been draws for quad wheelchair singles and doubles events, following a successful exhibition match last year. Andy Lapthorne certainly rose to the occasion in his opening round clash, defeating American second seed David Wagner 7-5, 6-4 to reach the final. The 2014 US Open champion, who also has seven Grand Slam doubles titles to his name, will face doubles partner Dylan Alcott on Saturday for a shot at claiming the inaugural title.  

Gordon Reid was denied a place in the semi-finals after falling 6-1, 6-1 to top seed Shingo Kuneida. The two-time singles and nine-time doubles Grand Slam champion will return to action on Friday when he begins his doubles campaign with Alfie Hewett. The British duo have won the title for the past three consecutive years so will be looking to seize a fourth together.  

Two-time singles and five-time doubles Grand Slam winner Hewett was also unable to advance in the singles as second seed Gustavo Fernandez scored a 6-1, 6-3 win. 

Ten-time (one singles and nine doubles) Grand Slam champion Jordanne Whiley was competing in her first match at Wimbledon since 2017. She faced second seed Yui Kamiji, who proved too strong and prevailed 6-4, 6-1. Whiley and Kamiji will be united on Friday, but this time on the same side of the net as they kickstart their campaign to capture a fifth Wimblerdon title together. 

In the mixed doubles, Evan Hoyt and Edan Silva's epic journey came to an end in the quarter-finals. The pair dug deep against eighth seeds Ivan Dodig and Latisha Chan, but eventually suffered a tight 7-5, 7-6(5) loss. 

Meanwhile, Arthur Fery and Toby Samuel advanced to the boys' doubles quarter-finals after defeating Taha Baadi and Filip Cristian Jianu 6-2, 6-2, and Jacob Fearnley and Connor Thomson joined them by battling past American duo Eliot Spizzirri and Tyler Zink 6-4, 3-6, [11-9]. 

Anton Matusevich's run in the boys' singles ended in the quarter-finals as he fell 6-3, 6-3 to Japanese eighth seed Shintaro Mochizuki, and Holly Fischer and Matilda Mutavdzic fought hard but lost 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 to American seventh seeds Chloe Beck and Emma Navarro.   

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