Alfie Hewett sealed his semi-final spot at this year’s Wimbledon in a 7-6, 6-4 victory over Stephane Houdet of France. A tight match saw Hewett battle it out for the first set where Hewett took the last four points of the tie break to secure the first set. He then came back from 2-0 down in the second set to seal his win.
“I think we both held our serves quite well and it was tough to break each other’s serve. But to finally get out there and play my first match and to get the win in straight sets, I’m relieved and happy about.”
Hewett’s win was played out in an electric atmosphere on Wimbledon’s Court 17 as the British crowd got behind him.
“It was an incredible atmosphere. I had a lot of family and friends here today and I think there is going to be even more tomorrow so I’m glad that I’ve got another singles match to play for them to get behind me and obviously the doubles as well. I always look forward to this and get excited about it, I’ve been buzzing for about 2 weeks now.”
The British No.1’s reward is a semi-final against defending champion Stefan Olsson of Sweden. Having won the inaugural Fever-Tree Championships tournament at Queens last month, the Swede continued to demonstrate his affinity to playing on grass with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Nicolas Peifer of France.
You can watch Alfie Hewett take on Stefan Olsson on court 17 at 11am today – watch live at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/tennis/44004195
Elsewhere, Gordon Reid’s bid to regain the Wimbledon men’s singles title he won in 2016 ended early when he lost out to Belgium’s Joachim Gerard. Gerard’s serve again proved a potent weapon as he advanced 6-3, 6-2.
Speaking after the match, Reid said: “It was tough, Jo I thought played a good match and I thought we played it more on his terms. He served well especially in the big moments which made it difficult for me.”
In the Ladies’ Singles, Lucy Shuker bowed out to world No.3 Aniek van Koot. Despite saving two set points in the first set, Shuker was never quite able to recover from a slow start and van Koot booked her place in the semi-finals 6-2, 6-1.
Friday’s second day of wheelchair tennis competition at Wimbledon also sees Hewett and Reid in men’s doubles action. The British duo face Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda of Japan in the semi-final as they aim for a hat-trick of Wimbledon doubles titles
Both players are looking forward to the chance to reach another final together, with Reid saying: “It’s exciting to get out in doubles with Alfie here again. We’ve had good results here for the last couple of years so hopefully we can keep that momentum going tomorrow.”
To find out more about wheelchair tennis, or any of the British players, visit the Tennis Foundation website at www.tennisfoundation.org.uk.