Hewett falls to Sydney final defeat as Shuker takes women’s doubles crown


Hewett falls to Sydney final defeat as Shuker takes women’s doubles crown

Alfie Hewett's bid for Sydney Wheelchair Tennis Open glory fell just short after being defeated by Japan's Shingo Kunieda in an entertaining final.

The Paralympic silver medallist from Rio 2016 had not previously dropped a set in the tournament, getting through the semi-finals after beating compatriot Gordon Reid.

But Kunieda proved too strong, backing up his won over world No.1 Gustavo Fernandez in the last eight with victory in the final, 6-4 6-4 in the first Super Series of 2018.

That meant Hewett was forced to settle for second place once again having reached the final last year, unable to prevent the Japanese great from taking his fifth title in Sydney.

“Not the performance or result I would have wanted in the final. Congrats to Shingo on a deserved title. Nevertheless it's a been a good week and a lot of positives to take looking ahead to the Australian Open. Thank you Sydney” Alfie Hewett

After facing off in the semi-finals, Hewett and Reid were back in action 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.