Hewett, Reid and Cotterill win South African Open doubles titles

Hewett, Reid and Cotterill win South African Open doubles titles

Image caption: Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid (Photos: Reg Caldecott)

Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid and Antony Cotterill all won their latest Super Series doubles titles on the last day of the South African Open after Reid finished runner-up in the men’s singles final earlier in the day in Johannesburg.

Reigning Wimbledon champions and Rio Paralympic silver medallists Hewett and Reid gained their latest victory over Paralympic champions Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in the men’s doubles final.

South African Open quad doubles champions Antony Cotterill and Lucas Sithole
Antony Cotterill and Lucas Sithole

Having beaten Houdet and Peifer in last year’s Wimbledon final before finishing runners-up to the French dup in Rio, second seeds Hewett and Reid went one better than they did in Johannesburg in 2016, winning 6-3, 6-4 against the top seeds. Hewett and Reid thereby levelled their Super Series head-to-head for 2017 against Houdet and Peifer, having also finished runners-up to the French partnership at the Sydney International Open in January.

Cotterill and Lucas Sithole of South Africa lived up to their top seeding in the quad doubles, beating second seeds Bongani Dlamini of South Africa and Itay Erenlib of Israel 6-4, 6-2. Victory brought Cotterill his second SA Open quad doubles title in three years after partnering fellow Brit Andy Lapthorne to victory in 2015.

Reid’s bid to win his first SA Open men’s singles title ended in defeat against Sweden’s world No.7 Stefan Olsson, the player Reid beat in the 2016 Wimbledon men’s singles final. Olsson won their latest meeting 6-4, 6-2, with Reid finishing runner-up in the event for the third time since 2013.

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13/04/17

Gordon Reid reached his third South African Open men’s singles final in five years and moved to within one match of possibly returning to the world No. 1 ranking on the penultimate day of play in Johannesburg.

Reid took the opening set of his semi-final against Joachim Gerard of Belgium 6-3 before rain halted their match in the first game of the second set. However, the delay did little to dent Reid’s confidence and he won all six games when played resumed to close out a 6-3, 6-0 victory that will move him ahead of this week’s world No.2 Gerard regardless of the outcome of Friday’s final.

In a rematch of last July’s Wimbledon final Reid will play Sweden’s world No.7 Stefan Olsson in the SA Open final as the Rio Paralympic gold medallist attempts to go on better than when finishing runner-up to Frenchman Stephane Houdet in the Super Series event in both 2013 and 2014. Olsson beat world No.1 and top seed in Thursday’s other semi-final in Johannesburg.

Rio men’s doubles silver medallists Alfie Hewett and Reid also began their men’s doubles semi-final against South African duo Evans Maripa and Alwande Skhosana. Second seeds Hewett and Reid were3-0 up when rain returned, causing the match to be postponed until Friday, when Antony Cotterill will now also play his quad doubles final partnering Lucas Sithole.

12/04/17

Gordon Reid won Wednesday’s all-Brit men’s singles quarter-final at the South African Open, beating Alfie Hewett in three sets to reach the semi-finals. Meanwhile, Antony Cotterill moved into the quad doubles finals partnering South Africa’s Lucas Sithole.

World No.3 Reid will play world No.2 Joachim Gerard of Belgium for a place in the men’s singles final after securing a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Hewett for his third win over Hewett in four matches between the two Brits this season. Hewett and Rei will now pair up for the men’s doubles semi-finals.

Antony Cotterill at Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

It was a mixed day for Cotterill (pictured left), who teamed up with Sithole to defeat South African duo Danny Mohlamonyane and Ronewa Mudzanani 7-5, 6-3 in the quad doubles semi-finals.

The top seeds will play second seeds Bongani Dlamini and Itay Erenlib of Israel in the final. Earlier in the day Cotterill faced Erenlib in the quad singles semi-finals, but second seed and world No.4 Erenlib came out on top, reaching the final 6-1, 6-3.

Lucy Shuker and her South African partner Kgothatso Montjane also bowed out of the women’s singles after a 6-3, 7-5 loss to Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany and Charlotte Famin of France.

 

11/04/17

Alfie Hewett at the 2017 Australian Open
Alfie Hewett

Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett set up the much-anticipated all-Brit men’s singles quarter-final as both began their South African Open challenges with comfortable victories against players from the host nation. Antony Cotterill also booked his place in the quad singles semi-finals.

Third seed Reid raced past Leon Els 6-1, 6-1, while fifth seed Hewett beat Mzwanele Thentsi 6-2, 6-1 as the British No.1 and No.2 ensured their fourth singles head-to-head of 2017.

Hewett and Reid also began their men’s doubles campaign with a routine 6-0, 6-0 victory over South Africa’s Ewald Lamprecht and Zimbabwe’s Nyasha Mharakurwa. The second seeds play the all-South African partnership of Evans Maripa and Alwande Skhosana in their bid to reach the final for the second successive year.

Cotterill had a much tougher start to his quad singles campaign, but overcame South Africa’s Danny Mohlamonyane 7-6(4), 7-5 to book a semi-final against Israeli second seed Itay Erenlib.

Lucy Shuker also made an encouraging start to her women’s singles quarter-final against Dutch world No.3 Diede De Groot.However, top seed de Groot eventually won 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Shuker now looks ahead to her women’s doubles semi-final partnering South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane.

10/04/17

Lucy Shuker plays a forehand
Lucy Shuker

Lucy Shuker got the Brit challenge underway at the South African Open with 6-0, 6-0 wins in both the women’s singles and women’s doubles.

Shuker booked herself a women’s singles quarter-final against Dutch top seed Diede de Groot with a routine victory over Fuma Siphokazi of South Africa. Later in the day Shuker paired up with South Africa’s Kgothato Montjane to beat the all-South African partnership of Nosipho Hlatswayo and Nsuku Ndhlovu in a rare ‘Golden Match’. The second seeds beat their opponents without dropping a single point in either set, stringing together 48 straight points without reply.

Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett begin their men’s singles challenges against South African opponents Leon Els and Mzwanele Thentsi on Tuesday’s second day of play. Antony Cotterill also plays Danny Mhohlamonyane in the quad singles. Hewett and Reid start the men’s doubles as second seeds and take on South Africa’s Ewald Lamprecht and Zimbabwe’s Nyasha Mharakurwa.

Cotterill and South Africa’s Lucas Sithole are top seeds for the quad doubles and their opening match is against the all-South African duo of Mohlamonyane and Ronewa Mudzanani,

09/04/17

Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett, Lucy Shuker and Antony Cotterill are contesting the South African Open, the second Super Series event of 2017 in Johannesburg.

The event has previously proved fruitful for Brits on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme. All four Brits playing this year’s event have reached finals or won titles in Johannesburg since the tournament was awarded Super Series status in 2013.

Third seed Reid and fifth seed Hewett have first round byes in the men’s singles and are drawn toe meet in a potential all-Brit quarter-final if they win their opening matches, which are guaranteed to be against South African opposition.

Shuker also meets a South African opponent in her opening women’s singles match. If world No. 8 Shuker comes through her first round against Siphokazi Fuma she will play Dutch top seed Diede de Groot for a place in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Cotterill plays South Africa’s Danny Mhohlamonyane in his opening quad singles match, with a place in the semi-finals at stake.