Hewett books place in Sydney final as Shuker takes women’s doubles crown


Hewett books place in Sydney final as Shuker takes women’s doubles crown

Alfie Hewett will go up against Japanese great Shingo Kunieda in the final of the Sydney Wheelchair Tennis Open after beating compatriot Gordon Reid in the men’s singles.

On Court 1, Hewett, who had not dropped a set all tournament proved too strong for his fellow countryman cementing his place in the final with a comprehensive 6-0, 6-4 victory.

The No.2 seed will now face Kunieda in the final, after he came through his match with fellow Japanese player Takashi Sanada in the semi-finals to back up his win over world No.1 Gustavo Fernandez in the last round.

Hewett reached the final of the Sydney event a year ago but was beaten by Nicolas Peifer. He will look to go one better on Saturday against Kunieda, who won the last of his four Sydney titles in 2015.

Hewett and Reid were back in action again in the last match of the day in the men’s doubles, up against the all-French pairing of Stéphane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.

In an epic battle of the top two seeds, the players did not disappoint, with the French duo eventually emerging with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory after more than three hours of play.

However, there was good news in the women’s doubles as Lucy Shuker and Japanese partner Yui Kamiji took the title with a 6-4, 6-3 win over top seeds Aniek van Koot and Diede de Groot of the Netherlands.

The pair had lost just two games in the tournament going into the final and they carried that form with them to take victory.

There was frustration for Antony Cotterill in the quad doubles final, as he and American partner David Wagner went down to Aussie duo Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson 6-3, 6-1.