Gordon Reid made it back-to-back Japan Open Super Series men’s singles wheelchair tennis titles on Saturday when the Rio Paralympic champion defeated Shingo Kunieda of Japan 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in Iizuka.
Reid ends the tournament as singles and doubles champion in the same year in Iizuka for the first time after partnering fellow Brit Alfie Hewett to win Friday’s men’s doubles final, when Kunieda was again on the opposite side of the net. Reid also leaves Asia with three titles in three events in two weeks after winning the men’s singles at last week’s Korea Open ITF 1 Series.
As well as marking another successful tournament for players on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme, Saturday’s victory means Reid has now won three career singles titles at Super Series level, the highest tier of standalone wheelchair tennis tournaments outside of the four Grand Slams.
“It means a lot to me to win the Japan Open for a second year running. Shingo is always a tough opponent and somebody I enjoy sharing the court with, so it was a great moment for me today in front of a fantastic crowd. Taking the title is the perfect end to this tour for me and I’m looking forward to taking this confidence into the rest of the tournaments over the summer.,” said Reid, who reached Saturday’s final after four straight sets wins, including a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Hewett in the second all-Brit Super Series singles semi-final between the two players this season.
Reid and Hewett claimed their third Super Series men’s doubles title together on Friday without having dropped a set in Iizuka. The top seeds beat the second seeds, Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez and Kunieda, 7-6(5), 6-4 in the final.
Former Australian Open and Wimbledon men’s singles champion Reid and reigning Roland Garros singles champion Hewett will now look forward to returning to Paris for the second Grand Slam of 2018 in early June. However, before then they will lead the Great Britain men’s challenge at the 2018 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, which takes place in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, from 28 May – 3 June.
Brits reached a total of three Japan Open finals this year, with Lucy Shuker finishing runner-up in the women’s doubles, partnering Dutchwoman Aniek van Koot.
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid claimed their third Super Series men’s doubles title together on Friday at the Japan Open, with Reid now set to try and make it a double celebration when he takes to the court in Saturday’s men’s singles final.
With rain descending on Iizuka on the penultimate day of competition top seeds Hewett and Reid faced Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda of Japan on indoor courts at the third Super Series tournament of the year. Having been finalists in the men’s doubles for the last two years Hewett and Reid wrapped up a narrow 7-6(5), 6-4 victory over the second seeds.
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Reid also won the doubles title in 2015 partnering Kunieda and he will bid to defend the Japan Open men’s singles title on Saturday when he faces Japan’s world No. 3 Kunieda in Saturday’s final.
The penultimate day’s play also saw Lucy Shuker’s run of women’s doubles titles come to an and. With Shuker having won her previous four doubles events this season and the sport’s previous three Super Series doubles crowns, the British No.1 and Dutchwoman Aniek van Koot lost out in their final in Iizuka as second seeds Giulia Capocci of Italy and Yui Kamiji of Japan claimed the spoils 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Gordon Reid beat current world No. 1 Alfie Hewett 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday as the defending Japan Open champion moved into the men’s singles final in Iizuka for the second successive year.
Reid’s first win over fellow Brit Hewett since the 2017 South African Open means he will now play world No. 3 Shingo Kunieda of Japan in Saturday’s final, which will be a rematch of the 2015 final.
Before then Hewett, Reid and Lucy Shuker will first bid for doubles titles on Friday.
Hewett and Reid, Japan Open doubles runners-up for the last two years, produced a fine effort to win Thursday’s semi-final against Belgium’s Joachim Gerard and Stefan Olsson of Sweden 6-1, 6-3. The top seeds play Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and Kunieda in Friday’s final.
Shuker is one win away from making it four Super Series women’s doubles titles in a row after partnering Dutchwoman Aniek van Koot to a comprehensive 6-3, 6-0 semi-final victory over Japan’s Shiori Funamizu and Momoko Ohtani. Top seeds Shuker and van Koot also face second seeds, Italy’s Giulia Capocci and Yui Kamiji if Japan, in Friday’s decider.
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid set up their second Super Series semi-final head-to-head of 2018 on Wednesday to guarantee that there will be a Brit in the men’s singles final at the Japan Open.
Hewett, Reid and Lucy Shuker also progressed to doubles semi-finals in Iizuka.
After meeting in the Sydney International Super Series semis at the start of the year Hewett and Reid progressed to what will be their third meeting this season after world No.1 Hewett defeated reigning Wimbledon champion Stefan Olsson 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. World No. 5 Reid moved another step forward in his Japan Open title defence with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-0 quarter-final victory over fifth seed Nicolas Peifer of France.
Hewett and Reid later joined forces to reach the men’s doubles semi-finals, easing past Yong-Gung Choi of Korea and Japan’s Haruya Mizukoshi 6-0 6-2. The top seeds now play the third seeds, Belgium’s Joachim Gerard and Olsson, for a place in the final.
Shuker’s bid for a fourth successive women’s doubles Super Series title also began well. After a first round bye top seeds Shuker and Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands beat Japan’s Miho Nijo and Saki Takamuro 6-2 6-1. They next play another all-Japanese pairing, Shiori Funamizu and Momoko Ohtani, with the winners again going into the final.
However, Shuker’s hopes of making it back-to-back singles titles came to an end when last week’s Korea Open champion slipped to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss to Thai fifth seed Sakhorn Khanthasit, who advances to the Japan Open semis for the second successive year.
For the second straight week it was also another tough quad singles quarter-final for Antony Cotterill, who came up against world No.1 David Wagner, just as he had done in Korea. Top seed Wagner progressed 6-1, 6-1.
Brits will contest the quarter-finals in all three singles events and two out of three doubles events at the 2018 Japan Open after five wins in six matches for Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid, Lucy Shuker and Antony Cotterill on the second day of play in Iizuka.
Hewett and Reid are one win away from setting up an all Brit men’s singles semi-final after straight sets wins for the second day in a row. World No. 1 Hewett had the tougher time on Tuesday, but came through against Dutch former world No. 9 Tom Egberink 6-4, 6-4 to set up a quarter-final against reigning Wimbledon champion Stefan Olsson of Sweden. Fourth seed Reid beat Ho Won Im of Korea 6-1, 6-2 in their second round contest and now faces French fifth seed Nicolas Peifer for a place in the last four.
Fourth seed Shuker, who has moved up two places to No. 6 in this week’s women’s singles world rankings following her Korea Open victory, beat Yumiko Inoue 6-0, 6-1 and next plays Thai fifth seed Sakhorn Khanthasit for a place in the semi-finals.
For the second week in a row Cotterill will play the USA’s world No.1 David Wagner in a quad singles quarter-final after beating beat Yoichi Otsubo of Japan 6-1, 6-2.
Hewett and Reid began their men’s doubles campaign on Tuesday in the same way that they both opened their singles campaigns on Monday – advancing without dropping a single game. The Brit top seeds raced past beat Kenji Tomoeda and Takashi Tsumagari of Japan 6-0, 6-0 to book a quarter-final against Korea’s Yong-Gung Choi and Haruya Mizukoshi of Japan.
While Shuker and her Dutch partner Aniek van Koot have a bye through to the women’s doubles quarter-finals, Cotterill and Malaysia’s Azman Hasan were edged out by Chinese Taipei duo Chu-Yin Huang and Tzu-Hsuan Huang 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the opening round of the quad doubles.
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid eased into the men’s singles second round without either player dropping a single game on the opening day of play in Iizuka. Top seed Hewett plays Dutchman Tom Egberink for a place in the quarter-finals on Tuesday after racing past Takashi Tsumagari .
Reid plays Ho Won Im of Korea next after beating Thailand’s Sunthorn Sridang.
With Hewett and Reid the only Brits in action on Monday’s first day of competition, Shuker, who is fourth seed for the women’s singles, plays Japan’s Yumiko Inoue on Tuesday. Quad singles eighth seed Cotterill will meet Japan’s Yoichi Otsubo, with the winner also advancing to the last eight.
Hewett and Reid are top seeds for the men’s doubles and face Japanese duo Kenji Tomoeda and Takashi Tsumagari on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Shuker and Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands are also top seeds for the women’s doubles and they have a bye through to the last eight. Cotterill partners Malaysia’s Azman Hasan in the quad doubles. Cotterill and Azman open their doubles campaign against Chinese Taipei’s Chu-Yin Huang and Tzu-Hsuan Huang on Tuesday.
Reid and Shuker look to follow up their victories last weekend at the Korea Open, with Reid coming into the third Super Series event of the year as the defending men’s singles champion and Shuker looking to add a fourth straight Super Series women’s doubles title alongside her singles challenge.
World No.1 Hewett bids to try and make it back-to-back Super Series titles. Hewett won his first Super Series singles title at the Cajun Classic in March. Meanwhile, Cotterill attempts to gain valuable ranking points in the quad singles and doubles.