Reid and Hewett battle to Australian Open doubles final
Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett came through a nail-biting encounter to seal their place in the Australian Open men’s wheelchair doubles final.
After breezing through the first set of their semi-final against Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda 6-1, the pair were pegged back in the second 6-4 as the Argentine-Japanese pair rallied to level.
But the British duo held their nerve to triumph 10-6 in the champions’ tiebreak.
It is the first time the duo have reached the final of the Australian Open as a pair, as they look to build on their U.S. Open and Wimbledon doubles triumphs in 2017.
Reid and Hewett will take on France’s Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer for the crown – a replay of last year’s Wimbledon final.
But while there was doubles success for Reid and Hewett, fellow Brit Andy Lapthorne, playing alongside America’s David Wagner, missed out on the quad doubles title.
The pair lost out in a tense tiebreak to Australians Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson, who turned on the style in front of their home crowd.
After being whitewashed 6-0 in the opening set, Lapthorne and Wagner dug in and hit back to triumph 7-6(5) in the second, before losing 10-6 in the champions’ tiebreak.
Lapthorne also lost in straight sets to Davidson 6-2 6-1 in his second round-robin encounter of the quad singles competition.
Elsewhere, Lucy Shuker’s tournament came to a close after she bowed out in the semi-finals of the women’s doubles.
Shuker was teamed with South African Kgothatso Montjane but they found Japan’s Yui Kamiji and Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands in clinical touch, the latter pair triumphing 6-1 6-3.