Hewett and Reid breeze into US Open men’s doubles final
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid moved one step closer to a maiden US Open title as a pair with victory in their men’s doubles semi-final.
While Reid is no stranger to success at Flushing Meadows, having been victorious in 2015 with Stephane Houdet, the 2017 tournament marks Hewett’s debut in New York.
Facing Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda of Japan, the British pair prevailed in straight sets, wrapping up the win in little under an hour and a half.
But it was Fernandez and Kunieda who had taken the early advantage, winning the first game before Hewett and Reid triumphed in the following three to swing the set in their favour.
Their opponents pulled proceedings back to 3-3 however, before Hewett and Reid took firm control of the opening set to take it 6-3.
The second was a much more dominant affair for the Brits, and while Fernandez and Kunieda won two of the opening three games, they could not match Hewett and Reid on court, conceding the set 6-3 with an unforced error.
Paralympic silver medallist Hewett will meet Kunieda again on Friday when he starts his singles campaign, looking to win his second Grand Slam of the year after victory at the French Open, while Reid, who beat his compatriot to gold in Rio, will play Belgian Joachim Gerard.
It was victory too for three-time Paralympic medallist Andy Lapthorne in the wheelchair quad singles, who defeated Rio gold medallist Dylan Alcott 6-4 6-1 - the Australian player's first loss in more than two years.
Lapthorne will now face David Wagner of the USA in the next round on Friday.
Elsewhere in Thursday’s doubles action, Lucy Shuker and Japan’s Yui Kamiji couldn’t make it into a second successive final on American soil after losing their semi-final to Dana Mathewson and Aniek Van Koot.
Last week, Shuker and Kamiji won their first title as a pair at the US Open USTA Championships Super Series in St Louis, but couldn’t follow that up in the Big Apple.
Having raced through the opening set to win 6-0 in just 22 minutes, Mathewson and Van Koot soon settled into the match on Arthur Ashe, and went on to win the second set 6-4 before sealing the tie-break 10-5.
On Friday, Shuker and Kamiji will go head-to-head in the women’s singles, with two-time Paralympic bronze medallist Shuker searching for her first Grand Slam title.